Dale Gillespie & Wallace Stegner

Jul 30, 2014

First edition cover

Dale Gillespie grew up in Western Montana with a bias for mountains and water, but finally felt the beauty of the plains of Eastern Montana creep up on him as he watched a sunset Charlie Russell might have painted. In Big Rock Candy Mountain, Wallace Stegner reveals his own secret to "home:" 

"He knew the homestead in intimate and secret detail because there was so little variety in it that the small things took the senses. He knew the way the grass grew curling over the lip of a burnout, and how the prairie owls nested under those grassy lips."

(Broadcast: Reflections West, 7/29/14 & 7/30/14)