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more kind words

May 6, 2013

Honestly, I’ve never held out a lot of hope for Opportunity, Montana‘s commercial prospects. It’s just not a book that has bestseller written all over it, and that’s fine by me. If I’d written the thing for money, I’d be a bigger idiot than I care to admit. That said, of course, I wrote the thing to be read, and one of my fondest ambitions for the book is that it might be reviewed by a skilled, thoughtful writer devoting the time and the brainspace to consider it—pro or con—on its merits.

And hey, here it is: Cara Chamberlain, apparently freelancing for the Billings (MT) Gazette, has given the book a lovely review that, in my humble opinion, hits the nail on the head.

Here’s a favorite graf:

Throughout, Tyer blends nature writing and memoir, focused on his estrangement from a perfectionist father, with cultural history and journalistic reporting, including interviews with a variety of local players. The mix can seem a bit unwieldy. But the result is an engaging, almost breathtaking bit of nonfiction.”

Couldn’t have asked for more than that….



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