Letters from Yellowstone


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$18.00  $16.74
Penguin Books
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5.3 X 7.9 X 0.7 inches | 0.5 pounds

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About the Author

Diane Smith studied western and environmental history at the University of Montana, and has lived in Montana for most of her life. Her first novel, Letters from Yellowstone, was the winner of the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association Fiction Prize and was nominated in the fiction category for the Mountains and Plains Booksellers Book Awards.


Winner of the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association Book Award for Fiction

"If you've ever visited Yellowstone National Park or even thought about going there, you'll enjoy Letters from Yellowstone. . . . A pleasurable story which does full justice to America's greatest natural wonderland." --Parade

"Insightful . . . Letters from Yellowstone charms with natural surprises." --USA Today

"The magic of a Yellowstone summer shimmers here enticingly." --Kirkus Reviews

"An intrepid heroine and an ineffectual but lovable hero grapple with a supporting cast of eccentric characters in first-time novelist Diane Smith's virtuoso Letters from Yellowstone . . . There's surprising grit in this portrait of Yellowstone, and real charm in this quietly original debut." --Elle

"Serenely attentive, deliberately paced, as careful with psychology and history as it is with its botany, Smith's epistolary narrative makes a worthy addition to the expanding category of history-of-science novels." --Publishers Weekly

"A beautifully written and highly original first novel. It's been a long time since I've read a first book that pleased me more." --Larry McMurtry, Pulitzer-Prize winning author of Lonesome Dove

"Letters from Yellowstone has it all--great story, engaging characters, fascinating history, science in the making, and all the awesome beauty of Yellowstone Park. Diane Smith is a completely wonderful writer." --James Welch, author of Winter in the Blood

"A beautifully written epistolary story . . . The author brings an authenticity to the controversies about scientific method and the environment as well as the expedition's finds. . . . This debut novel is an intelligent story, a charmer with style." --The Denver Post

"Simply and brilliantly captures that time when the American wilderness was still a pristine, awe-inspiring place." --Rocky Mountain News

"Diane Smith has written a book with real magic and grace. The prose glistens and the story lingers with elegant power." --Thomas McGuane, author of Ninety-Two in the Shade