A Million Acres is an anthology of Montana writing published by Montana Land Reliance, a non-profit that partners with private landowners to permanently protect agricultural lands, fish and wildlife habitat, and open space. It is a project edited by Keir Graff. I am one contributor of many talented writers in this exceptional piece of work about Montana’s stunning landscapes.
In twenty powerful pieces of writing―essays, memoirs, short stories―the state’s finest contemporary writers explore the plains, rivers, and mountains of Big Sky Country. They show us how natural beauty and hardship are two sides of the same coin, and how sometimes the only way to cure heartache is to visit the great outdoors.
From a hardscrabble upbringing to the pain of losing the family land, from death on a river to the awe of landing a big fish, from backcountry encounters with grizzly bears to an out-of-stater’s happiness at making Montana her home, A Million Acres offers a wonderfully diverse range of experiences and perspectives. Framing these words are twenty-eight breathtaking photographs that render these open spaces in gorgeous color.
Come to Montana: in words, in pictures, in person. And see what makes the Last Best Place worth saving.
Contributors in addition to myself:
Rick Bass, Maile Meloy, Carrie La Seur, Joe Wilkins, Jim Robbins, Gwen Florio,
Jamie Harrison, Sterling HolyWhiteMountain, Janet Skeslien Charles, Maxim Loskutoff,
James Grady, Alexis Bonogofsky, Russell Rowland, Caroline Patterson, Keir Graff, Eric Heidle, LeDoux Hansen, Antonia Malchik, and Allen Morris Jones
Author: Christine Carbo
Christine Carbo is a teacher and writer living in Whitefish, Montana with her husband, Jamie, their three kids, one dog and one cat. Her love of Glacier National Park inspired her first novel, The Wild Inside, which was published in early 2015 by Atria Books / Simon and Schuster.