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Doig, Ivan

Works: 127 works in 526 publications in 2 languages and 41,099 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Domestic fiction  Historical fiction  Biography  History  Fishing stories  Bildungsromans  War stories  Road fiction  Musical fiction 
Roles: Author, Narrator, Signer, Interviewee
Classifications: PS3554.O415, 813.54
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Ivan Doig
The whistling season by Ivan Doig( Book )

16 editions published between 2006 and 2007 in English and held by 3,140 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Hired as a housekeeper to work on the early 1900s Montana homestead of widower Oliver Milliron, the irreverent Rose and her brother, Morris, endeavor to educate the widower's sons while witnessing local efforts on a massive irrigation project
Dancing at the Rascal Fair by Ivan Doig( Book )

22 editions published between 1987 and 2014 in English and held by 2,489 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In 1889, immigrants Angus and Bob set off for a new land, in Montana. They live the next 30 years at the base of the Rockies, building homes and families
Work song by Ivan Doig( Book )

18 editions published between 2010 and 2012 in English and held by 2,153 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In 1919, itinerant schoolteacher Morrie Morgan journeys to Butte in the hopes of making his fortune in copper mining but finds instead a rich assortment of local characters before an encounter with a former student leads to a violent union uprising
Last bus to wisdom by Ivan Doig( Book )

9 editions published between 2015 and 2016 in English and held by 2,021 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In the spirit of The Bartender's Tale, a lively and poignant coming-of-age story about a boy and his great-uncle on a cross-country odyssey. Donal Cameron is being raised by his grandmother, the cook at the legendary Double W ranch in Doig's beloved Two Medicine Country of the Montana Rockies, a landscape that gives full rein to an eleven-year-old's imagination. But when Gram has to have surgery for "female trouble" in the summer of 1951, all she can think to do is to ship Donal off to her sister in faraway Manitowoc, Wisconsin. There Donal is in for a rude surprise: Aunt Kate-bossy, opinionated, argumentative, and tyrannical--is nothing like her sister. She henpecks her good-natured husband, Herman the German (as Donal discovers him to be), and Donal can't seem to get on her good side either. After one contretemps too many, Kate decides to pack him back to the authorities in Montana on the next Greyhound. But to Donal's surprise, he's not traveling solo: Herman the German has decided to fly the coop with him. In the immortal American tradition, the pair light out for the territory together, meeting a classic Doigian ensemble of characters and having rollicking misadventures along the way. Charming, wise, and slyly funny, Last Bus to Wisdom is another treasure of a novel from the best storyteller of the West"--
Ride with me, Mariah Montana by Ivan Doig( Book )

15 editions published between 1990 and 2005 in English and held by 1,997 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Jick, facing age and loss, his prized ranch beset by outside interests, is jumpstarted back into adventure by Mariah, a red-headed newspaper photographer
The bartender's tale by Ivan Doig( Book )

17 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in English and held by 1,983 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Running a venerable bar in 1960 Montana while raising his twelve-year-old son, single father Tom Harry finds his world upended by the arrival of a woman from his past and her beatnik daughter, who claims Tom as her father
English Creek by Ivan Doig( Book )

18 editions published between 1984 and 2014 in English and Spanish and held by 1,972 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The portrait of a time and a place -Montana in the 1930's -- is depicted through the McCaskill family's personal struggles
The eleventh man by Ivan Doig( Book )

13 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,958 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Man by man, the eleventh member of a memorable football team's starting lineup chronicle the adventures of his teammates, now soldiers in WWII, for small-town newspapers across the country that's hungry for heroes
Mountain time : a novel by Ivan Doig( Book )

11 editions published between 1999 and 2014 in English and held by 1,925 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Set in Seattle, Montana, and Alaska, "Mountain Time" tells a story about a generation that has reached its time of reckoning. Vividly described, Doig's story brings to light the necessity of settling family issues in order to move on to more satisfying relationships
Bucking the sun : a novel by Ivan Doig( Book )

11 editions published between 1996 and 2014 in English and held by 1,897 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A family driven into relief work by the 1930s Depression joins the thousands of workers building the Fort Peck Dam, a public works project in Montana. Through the eyes of the Duffs, one of whom is an engineer, the reader sees the dam's construction, the accidents, the politics and the everyday life of the boomtowns the project created. By the author of Ride With Me, Moriah Montana
Sweet thunder by Ivan Doig( Book )

11 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and held by 1,667 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

After inheriting a fixer-upper, newlywed Morrie Morgan returns to 1920s Butte, Montana, to fight a rival newspaper and help the miners working for the Anaconda Copper Mining Company
The sea runners by Ivan Doig( Book )

11 editions published between 1982 and 2014 in English and held by 1,444 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In 1853, four Scandinavian indentured laborers in Russian Alaska steal a canoe and begin to paddle south toward the mouth of the Columbia River, twelve thousand miles away. A tense, shrewdly modulated sea adventure in which a quartet of indentured Scandinavians attempt escape from Russian America (1853 Alaska) in a stolen canoe, a Pacific journey far more rugged "than the plain arithmetic of its miles." Of the four, only one is seaworthy at the start, but each pulls his own as they paddle through snowstorms and dangerous straits, consume their rations and personal reserves. Melander is the beached seaman who conceives the plan and navigates; Karlsson's the quiet, constant mate; Braaf is the camp thief who outfits the voyage (he remains the least developed of the lot). And Wennberg, his trigger "always this close to click," is the bitter, volcanic fourth who muscled in; kept in check by Melander, he adds a blacksmith's strength to the paddling. But Melander is killed in the sole encounter with coastal tribesmen, and Karlsson, Wennberg's chief antagonist, must take over for the fugitive alliance to hold: he alone can read the map. Doig deftly pilots this mismatched crew through a punishing journey to Astoria (Oregon), maintaining a high level of tension, including casual portions of history and geography (as handily as in Winter Brothers), testing the rocky emotional waters of desperate men. The two squabblers nearly attempt a communion, but the moment "quickened past them": the shaky truce resumes. And readers who hailed This House of Sky and Winter Brothers will find this another safe harbor, for Doig continues as a prose writer of exulting originality. (Verbs become nouns, nouns become verbs, and observations resonate: the reserved Karlsson is "A man built smoke-tight.") Distant cousin to Deliverance--the writing is more lyrical, the crew less fiercely manipulated: a polished chronicle of physical and spiritual endurance
Prairie nocturne : a novel by Ivan Doig( Book )

8 editions published between 2003 and 2005 in English and held by 1,342 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From one of the greatest novelists of the American West comes a surprising and riveting story set in Montana and New York during the Harlem Renaissance, drawing together an unlikely set of thwarted performers in one last inspired grasp at life's set of gold rings: love and renown. Susan Duff-the bossy, indomitable schoolgirl with a silver voice from the pages of Doig's most popular work, Dancing at the Rascal Fair-has reached middle age alone, teaching voice lessons to the progeny of Helena's high society. Wesley Williamson-business scion of a cattle-empire family-has fallen from the heights of gubernatorial aspirations, forced out of a public career by political foes who uncovered his love affair with Susan. Years later, Susan is taken off guard when Wes arrives at her door with an unusual request: to train his chauffeur, Monty, in the ways of voice and performance. Prairie Nocturne is the saga of these three people and their interlocked destinies. Monty is distantly known to Susan from their childhoods in the Two Medicine country, yet an enforced stranger because of the racial divide. When she realizes he possesses a singing voice of rare splendor, Susan joins Wes's Pygmalion-like project to launch Monty on a performing career-only to find the full force of the Ku Klux Klan in their way. As Monty and Susan overcome treacherous obstacles, Wes's mysterious motives unsettle everyone, including himself, and the trio's crossed fates form a deeply longitudinal novel that raises everlasting questions of allegiance, the grip of the past, and the costs of career and passion
A river runs through it, and other stories by Norman Maclean( Book )

2 editions published between 1989 and 2006 in English and held by 933 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From its first magnificent sentence, "In our family, there was no clear line between religion and fly fishing", to the last, "I am haunted by waters", A River Runs Through It is an American classic. Based on Norman Maclean's childhood experiences, A River Runs Through It has established itself as one of the most moving stories of our time; it captivates readers with vivid descriptions of life along Montana's Big Blackfoot River and its near magical blend of fly fishing with the troubling affections of the heart
The eleventh man by Ivan Doig( )

12 editions published between 2008 and 2011 in English and held by 896 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Driven by the memory of a fallen teammate, TSU's 1941 starting lineup went down as legend in Montana football history, charging through the season undefeated. Two years later, the "Supreme Team" is caught up in World War II. Ten of them are scattered around the globe in the war's various lonely and dangerous theaters. The eleventh man, Ben Reinking, has been plucked from pilot training by a military propaganda machine hungry for heroes. He is to chronicle the adventures of his teammates, man by man, for publication in small-town newspapers across the country like the one his father edits. Ready for action, he chafes at the assignment, not knowing that it will bring him love from an unexpected quarter and test the law of averages, which holds that all but one of his teammates should come through the conflict unscathed
Winter brothers : a season at the edge of America by Ivan Doig( Book )

7 editions published between 1980 and 1982 in English and held by 845 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The author of This House of Sky provides a magnificent evocation of the Pacific Northwest through the diaries of James Gilchrist Swan, a settler of the region. Doig fuses parts of the Swan diaries with his own journal
The whistling season by Ivan Doig( )

10 editions published between 2006 and 2011 in English and held by 679 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In 1909, struggling to farm his remote homestead and raise three sons, widower Oliver Milliron despreately needs help. A housekeeper's ad in a Milwaukee newspaper, "Can't cook but doesn't bite," leads him to hire her site unseen. When perky Rose Llewellyn arrives, she brings her brainy brother, Morris. Though Rose whistles through her work at the Milliron house, and Morris becomes teacher at the one-room school, these two newcomers conceal a past that is colorful and infamous
Work song by Ivan Doig( )

9 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and held by 655 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Itinerant teacher and perennial charmer Morrie Morgan returns to the 1919 copper-mining center of Butte, Montana. There he meets retired Welsh twins, a comely landlady, and a Russian waif and encounters the seething ferment of an iron-fisted mining company, radical union agitators, and beleaguered miners
A river runs through it by Norman Maclean( Recording )

17 editions published between 1992 and 2011 in English and Undetermined and held by 623 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Montana wilderness provides the backdrop for Norman Maclean's classic autobiography. Growing up, both Norman and his brother Paul, a daredevil driven to challenge the world, rebel against their stern minister father. While Norman channels his rebellion into writing, Paul descends a slippery path to self-destruction
Mountain time by Ivan Doig( )

13 editions published between 1999 and 2014 in English and held by 553 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Lexa McCaskell and Mitch Rozier leave their Seattle home to visit Mitch's dying father in Montana. There Mitch clashes with both Lexa and his father as events from the past are explored and difficult memories resurface
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Ivan Doig Amerikaans romanschrijver (1939-2015)

Ivan Doig Novelist, memoirist, essayist


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Dancing at the Rascal FairWork songRide with me, Mariah MontanaEnglish CreekThe eleventh manMountain time : a novelBucking the sun : a novelThe sea runners