Badluck Way: A Year on the Ragged Edge of the West (Hardcover)

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Andrews spent a year on an 18,000-acre ranch in Montana that was touted as being committed to the well being of the land, livestock, and wildlife. All goes well in his rugged new life until wolves begin their relentless plundering of the summer herds. In a heartbreaking meditation on life, ethics, animal rights, and conservation, Andrews struggles to keep his herding responsibilities and his fascination for the wolves in balance. Passages in which he channels the wolves are truly haunting, suggestive of a kinship that presages his anguish as he is required to brutally eliminate one of them. This is an elegant, lyrical account of a sensitive, conservation-minded cowboy in the American West of the 21st century. -- Darwin Ellis, Books on the Common, Ridgefield, CT

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The gripping memoir of a young man, a wolf, their parallel lives and ultimate collision, Badluck Way is also an ode to the satisfaction of hard work on some of the wildest and most beautiful land in the world.

Mine might have been a simple, pretty story, if not for the wolves. In late July, they emerged from the foothills...

Reminiscent of Farley Mowat

About the Author


Bryce Andrews writes from southwest Montana, where he manages a conservation-oriented cattle ranch. He has appeared on Montana Public Radio and PBS and his essays and short work have been published in High Country News, Big Sky Journal, Camas Magazine, and Backpacker.

Praise for Badluck Way: A Year on the Ragged Edge of the West…


eoeOne could find no better guide than Bryce Andrews for a journey along the shifting border between the wild and the tame; a daunting frontier filled with unsettling truths, blood and beauty. His wonderfully crafted prose is lean, yet rich in the telling details of seasons spent on a Montana ranch overseeing a shaky co-existence between cattle and wolves. Andrews is a keen-eyed ecologist, a skilled ranch hand and, best of all, a self-examining student of life with a young mane(TM)s inclination to push past fear and caution toward an embrace of risky, life-altering experience. In Badluck Way, Andrews shuns both cowboy romanticism and environmentalist sermonizing and illuminates the inescapable conflict between human economic imperatives and the compulsions of animal instinct. His book is a gripping tale of the West, raw and real.e
-David Horsey, columnist and cartoonist for the Los Angeles Times

eoeThis memoir of life as a contemporary, ecologically minded Montana cowboy is heartfelt. Andrews' language often sings. Told in a refined version of a campfire ghost story, his narrative took my breath away.e
-Jana Harris, author of Horses Never Lie about Love

eoeAn important meditation on what it means to share space and breathe the same air as truly wild animals.e
-Tom Groneberg, author of The Secret Life of Cowboys

Product Details ISBN-10: 147671083X
ISBN-13: 9781476710839
Published: Atria Books, 12/03/2013
Pages: 256
Language: English