Drumlummon Montana Literary Masters Series
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Pass is available in fine bookstores everywhere.
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It is incomprehensible that [Thomas] Savage is so neglected. . . . The canon builders of the West have made regional flattery with its big skies, men to match the mountains, and geographies of hope such an obligation that a subtle practitioner like Savage goes unnoticed. In my view, Savage may be the best of all the western novelists, after Cather.
Thomas McGuane, Montana The Magazine of Western History
I'd never heard of Thomas Savage until I came across Riverbend Publishing and the Drumlummon Institute's recent reprint of 1944's The Pass, and after falling into this beautiful, multi-layered, funny, heart-wrenching novel of the Montana prairie, I'm kicking myself for not reading his books sooner.
Jenny Shank, New West
I consider Thomas Savage's first novel [The Pass] a minor classic.
author Thomas Savage's first book, orginally published in 1944, returns
to print, bringing with it the writer's profound empathy and sensitivity
to the harsh western landscape and the people who struggled to survive
drought and endless winters.
Kristi Niemeyer, [Montana] State of the Arts, July/August 2009
Best known for his acclaimed novels The Power of the Dog and
The Sheep Queen, Thomas Savage (1915-2003) was an extraordinary
chronicler of the American West.
The Pass tells the compelling, often tragic story of the founding of a family ranch in the high country along the Montana-Idaho border, where Savage spent his youth.
Proulx writes of The Pass, The novel is studded with brilliant portraits that already display Savage's masterly ability to show the inner lives of characters, especially women. . . . The language and thinking of the ranch people in The Pass [are] strikingly vivid. . . . A sense of great longing and sympathy for the western landscape colors this novel.
Savage's voice is a wonder. . . . He deserves to be discovered by more readers.
New York Times Book Review