© 2022 Elise Atchison
Winner of the Eludia Book Award
and the Barbara Deming Award
Sowilo Press, 2022
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– Debra Magpie Earling, author of Perma Red and The Lost Journals of Sacajewea
– Doug Peacock, author of Grizzly Years and Was It Worth It, filmmaker, Disabled Veteran
“I absolutely love this kind of storytelling. Reminiscent
– Laura Pritchett, winner of PEN
“In the Mountain West, the landscape is a constant. It’s the people who change. Ranchers, realtors, carpenters, painters, archeologists, bad-ass baristas … in this artful, lyrical, deeply moving novel, Elise Atchison follows a piece of landscape through several lifetimes, capturing the dramatic complexity of the disrupted West through a full cast of characters, one lens after another. It’s a full time job, trying to make sense of the West these days. I find that this extraordinary book helps make that job a little easier.”
– Allen Morris Jones, author of A Bloom of Bones and Sweeney on the Rocks
“In Crazy Mountain the lives of those who people landscapes of beauty and despair are multilayered, evocative, and rich with unforeseen mystery. Elise Atchison's prose is a vessel of precision and depth, unafraid to draw the reader into the more shadowed crucibles of life and help us emerge with light in our hands. In stories that cover nearly five decades in the life of a mountain and its residents, there is the wildness of the human heart shaped by the wildness that surrounds us. May you take this book home, cherish it as I did, and find in it the treasure it gives without measure . . . that of ‘the wildland that has been lost, and all that remains.’”
– Shann Ray, author of American Copper and Sweetclover
“With great insight, intelligence, and intimacy, Elise Atchison
explores a singular dilemma: How do we live in paradise without destroying
the very thing we love? Set in a place changing so rapidly that its
inhabitants no longer recognize the landscape, one another, or even
themselves, these individual narratives of love and loss, celebration and
lament, interweave as the dreams of one generation give way to the
disillusionment of the next. A story of human intrusion and intervention, in
which moments of brutality give way to gestures of charity,
“I am blown away by
– Andrea Peacock, author of
BOOK REVIEWS & INTERVIEWS
From Big Sky Journal book review of Crazy Mountain by Marc Beaudin:
“Who owns the land? ... This question is often debated in
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June, 2022: Elise Atchison received a Montana Arts Council Artist Grant for the completion of her second novel.
Friday, Sept. 2, 2022: Crazy Mountain Reading and Signing at Fact and Fiction, 220 N. Higgins Ave., Missoula, Montana, 7:00 p.m.
Monday, August 8, 2022:
Thursday, June 23, 2022:
Book Release Party for
Wednesday, April 27, 2022: Yellowstone Perspectives Online Event: Artists Field Guide to Yellowstone: A Natural History by Greater Yellowstone’s Artists and Writers, a discussion with Katie Christiansen, Karen Reinhart, Elise Atchison, Todd Burritt, Jenni Lowe-Anker, DG House, and Diane Chalfant.