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Publisher Description

Can't cook but doesn't bite." So begins the newspaper ad offering the services of an "A-1 housekeeper, sound morals, exceptional disposition" that draws the hungry attention of widower Oliver Milliron in the fall of 1909. And so begins the unforgettable season that deposits the noncooking, nonbiting, ever-whistling Rose Llewellyn and her font-of-knowledge brother, Morris Morgan, in Marias Coulee along with a stampede of homesteaders drawn by the promise of the Big Ditch-a gargantuan irrigation project intended to make the Montana prairie bloom. When the schoolmarm runs off with an itinerant preacher, Morris is pressed into service, setting the stage for the "several kinds of education"-none of them of the textbook variety-Morris and Rose will bring to Oliver, his three sons, and the rambunctious students in the region's one-room schoolhouse. A paean to a vanished way of life and the eccentric individuals and idiosyncratic institutions that made it fertile, The Whistling Season is Ivan Doig at his evocative best.

Fiction & Literature
February 1
HMH Books
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company

Customer Reviews


The Whistling Season

Despite the many, many typographical misspellings in this print, the book was very enjoyable. However, the typos were very distracting, sometimes enough to distract from the flow of the reading. I often had to stop and think about the words that were meant to be there as opposed to the typos that were misprints. if these misprints are corrected, the book would be delightful indeed. I would rate this a 5, if not for these mistakes.

Cool1va ,

He forgot to put In a plot

While Ivan Doig does an absolutely phenomenal job in his writing. Providing readers with beautiful descriptions of Montana in 1910. The story drags. It drags for the entire duration of the novel until the last 2 chapter. These last 2 chapters are however so intense and interesting that they are the only reason I've given it a score of 2 stars rather than 1. If you are seeking to read a book during your leisure time then I highly suggest partaking in another novel.

Mlsreality ,

The whistling season

This lovely book is seriously marred by the lack of editing (at least in the iBook version). A spell checker would fix most of the problems. This is unforgivable.

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