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Bucking the Sun
by Ivan Doig
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 068483149X, Paperback)As in This House of Sky and Ride With Me, Mariah Montana, Doig returns to Big Sky country to tell a complex murder mystery peppered with the free-spirit history of the west and the intrigue of Doig's Scottish ancestry. Through Franklin Roosevelt's W.P.A. and P.W.A., the Duff family becomes involved in the construction of the Fort Peck Dam, the largest earth-fill dam in the world. While most are happy for the work, there are others in the Duff clan that hope for the dam's failure. Mixing fact and fiction, Doig explores the hardships of labor, of Fort Peck's shantytown housing, and the Duffs' resilience to everything from Montana blizzards to rattlesnakes. When two in the clan are murdered, Scottish family loyalty is questioned and the remaining family members face their toughest challenge.
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A family driven into relief work by the 1930s Depression joins the thousands of workers building the Fort Peck Dam, a public works project in Montana. Through the eyes of the Duffs, one of whom is an engineer, the reader sees the dam's construction, the accidents, the politics and the everyday life of the boomtowns the project created. By the author of Ride With Me, Moriah Montana.
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