Montana Public Radio

Montana fiction

With familiar mastery, Russell Rowland, the author of In Open Spaces and Fifty-Six Counties, returns to rural Montana to explore a small town torn apart by secrets and suspicions, and how the tenuous bonds of friendship struggle to hold against the differences that would sever us.

In her best-selling memoir, This Is Not the Story You Think It Is, Laura Munson modeled a vulnerable, fearless approach to the page—one that resisted simple narratives and tidy endings. Now, Laura’s first published novel, Willa’s Grove, brings her back to her first love: fiction. In this earnest and inspiring interview, Laura describes the deeper undercurrents of her work, perspectives on success and failure, and her commitment to community.

"Think Goodfellas with a screenplay by Donald E. Westlake, set in the landscape of A River Runs through It―a unique and tasty treat for crime-fiction fans."―Booklist (starred review)