When Montana and I Were Young

9780803262140: Paperback
Release Date: 1st September 2003

Dimensions: 140 x 216

Number of Pages: 251

Series Women in the West

UNP - Nebraska

When Montana and I Were Young

A Frontier Childhood

Written by
Margaret Bell
Edited by and Introduced by
Mary Clearman Blew
Afterword by
Lee Rostad
Paperback / £14.99

Lost for almost half a century and never before published, When Montana and I Were Young is a remarkable primary account of a child’s life in the early part of the twentieth century. Margaret Bell (1888–1982) was a rancher and horse breaker whose memoir tells the story of a frontier childhood on the high plains of Montana and Canada. Hers was not a typical childhood. Bell was barely seven when her mother died, and her stepfather, Hedge Wolfe, moved Bell and her three younger half-sisters far from their nurturing grandmother to the Canadian plains and a life of extreme poverty, hardship, and abuse.

Mary Clearman Blew is a professor of English at the University of Idaho in Moscow. She is the author of Balsamroot and Bone-Deep in Landscape. Lee Rostad is the author of Honey Wine and Hunger Root.