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Mountain Time

(1999)
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In his latest novel, Ivan Doig writes of a generation, shaped by the sixties, that has reached its time of reckoning, and of a man who must uncover the secrets of his father's past before he can live and love in the present.

One of the greatest writers of the American West, Doig exquisitely renders the natural beauty of its landscapes as he contrasts human time with the immense clock of the earth, measuring the briefer existences that are our human fate against the patient witness of the mountains. Set in Seattle, San Francisco, Montana, and Alaska, Mountain Time is the story of three intense relationships: between father and son, between sisters, and between lovers. At once complex and subtle, these oldest quandaries of kinship and love are all dramatically in need of resolution.

Mitch Rozier, who has spent half his fifty years writing an environmental column for an alternative west coast paper, finds himself back under his father's roof, caught up in the ordeal of obligation -- you can't not go home again when someone is sitting there dying. The sisters Lexa and Mariah McCaskill wrestle with a past that has driven them away from domesticity and as far from their roots as they can get. Lexa has long been ready to settle down with Mitch; Mariah, a photographer who uses her camera to shield herself from the world, lands more reluctantly. And the figure from the generation that produced them, Mitch's father Lyle, both beguiles and exasperates as he attempts to rewrite events in his life before he leaves it.

Doig is masterful at illuminating both human and geographical vulnerability, constantly shifting our focus between the land -- breathtaking, essential and in need of protection -- and the people bonded to it.

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Hardback Editions

November 1999 : USA Hardback
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Title: Mountain Time (Thorndike Americana)
Author(s): Ivan Doig
ISBN: 0-7862-2216-6 / 978-0-7862-2216-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Thorndike Press
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August 1999 : USA Hardback
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Title: Mountain Time: A Novel
Author(s): Ivan Doig
ISBN: 0-684-83295-X / 978-0-684-83295-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Scribner
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Paperback Editions

August 2000 : USA Paperback
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Title: Mountain Time : A Novel
Author(s): Ivan Doig
ISBN: 0-684-86569-6 / 978-0-684-86569-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Scribner
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Audio Editions

April 2011 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Mountain Time
Author(s): Ivan Doig
Publisher: Recorded Books
Availability: Amazon   


April 2011 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Mountain Time
Author(s): Ivan Doig
Publisher: Recorded Books
Availability: Amazon UK   


December 1999 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Mountain Time: A Novel
Author(s): Ivan Doig
Publisher: Phoenix Books
Availability: Amazon   


August 1999 : USA Audio Cassette
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Title: Mountain Time
Author(s): Ivan Doig
ISBN: 0-7871-2016-2 / 978-0-7871-2016-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Dove Entertainment Inc
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Kindle Editions

July 2013 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Mountain Time: A Novel
Author(s): Ivan Doig
Publisher: Scribner
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA