Montana 1948

What is life like in Montana 1948

What is life like in Montana 1948

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Montana 1948 was written in Wisconsin and published in 1993 by Larry Watson as the follow-up to his doctoral thesis-turned-first novel In a Dark Time. The setting within Montana is the fictional town of Bentrock just—as the title indicates—a few years following the end of hostilities between America and the fascist hordes of Europe and Japan. David Hayden provides a first person narration of life on an Indian Reservation—as they known back then—some forty years following the timeline of events. In the first chapter, David describes the town where he lived in with his parents. On 1948, David lived in a little town called Bentrock in Montana, a small town near an Indian reservation. The life the people have is a harsh one and they have to endure poverty and a harsh climate all year round. Despite all this, David feels happy and protected. David’s father, Wesley, was among the only men who did not go to war because of his leg and serves as the sheriff of the little town.