In The Undying West, Carlene Cross creates a memorable blend of personal and regional history. The voices in her stories include those of her father and his “sod-busting” friends; the Salish, Kootenai, Nez Perce, and Iroquois Indians; the fossil remains of Montana’s prehistory; and even the wind, the soil, and the prairie grasses. Cross is a storyteller in the tradition of such notable Western writers as William Kittredge, Rick Bass, and Ivan Doig. And like them, she offers a personal testament to the enduring qualities of the West.

Includes 50 black and white photographs and maps


Runner up: Washington State Governor’s Award

“Carlene Cross’ treasure-laden book The Undying West is as rich as the land it describes, and must be explored with a sense of adventure. To read it is to lose yourself in an evocation of the place, people and times she writes about.” The Statesman Journal

In this graceful look back at the land, Cross’ sympathetic view of the Indian’s struggle is especially interesting because she is a rancher’s daughter.” The Seattle Times

The Undying West is longitudinal longing in the most searching sense.” Ivan Doig, author This House of Sky

The Undying West deserves a spot in the libraries of every Western Americana enthusiast.” Paul Fugleberg, Author: Proud History

Cross beautifully captures the spirit of Montana’s people and its history.” Ben Marra, Author of Powwow: Images Along the Red RoadThe Hero’s Journey book description;