Montana is known as Big Sky Country, and for good reason, but it sells itself on big land. Just the vast size of the state itself will give you an idea of just how much room is needed to contain all of its land. Its boundaries are stretched by the earth and when it can’t push any further the terrain reaches for the sky, snaring clouds upon its peaks and offering the world those iconic, rugged images that made Montana famous.
For all its eye appeal, there is an often overlooked piece of Montana called the hi-line. It’s a place where the land chooses to stretch rather than reach. It lies below the eye seeking those lofty peaks beyond the western horizon, where the prairie is cultivated but little more subdued. It consists of the excess fabric that land is made of, thrown out in hiccupping hills and nourished by the silty Milk.
The people of the hi-line are a metal-cast community, seared by the furnaces of summer and tempered by the bitter winds of winter. Character is forged in brutal Montana conditions and inherits a boastful dependency upon God and neighbor. Drivers pass within waving distance on two-lane pavement that piggy-backs the old Great Northern rail line. The struggles of reservation life are within reach, colonies are loosely tucked away, and Canadians are extended family.
They are in it together – the land and the people - all encased beneath a big flat sky. They are left to be and readily passed by on the inconspicuous Montana hi-line.
Theresa Danley lives along the hi-line of Montana where she keeps busy raising her family,
riding horses and writing to satisfy her interest in history and archaeology. Theresa's work in progress is a follow up novel to award winning Effigy.
More Reviews found on Theresa's website:
"Effigy emerges heads above the plethora of 2012 related literature with a fresh approach…”
“Really a masterful job…An absolute pleasure to read.”
-Gary Val Tenuta, author of THE EZEKIEL CODE