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Author Event | Fall Back Down by Joe Wilkins
June 16, 2019 @ 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Brought to life with rich and vivid brushstrokes, Wilkins’s characters will win you over from the moment you meet them. Wendell, a young ranch hand, is living in a state of chronic despair. He’s recently lost his mother, leaving him an orphan. His father met a violent end more than a decade earlier. The list of Wendell’s woes goes on—his bank account holds less than a hundred dollars, and he owes back taxes on what remains of the land his parents owned, as well as money for the surgeries that couldn’t save his mother’s life. In short, the American Dream has failed him.
Joe Wilkins, who grew up in the rural ranch country of Montana, in the very county in which this novel takes place, is a lyrical storyteller who writes with deep familiarity about the equal parts beauty and brutality in the American West and about the social barriers that act as walls of division. He looks at what it means to be born where we are, simply by chance and fate, and to misunderstand others when peering over the divide, instinctually distrusting one another across these vast distances.