“With a passion matched only by his compassion, Joe Wilkins has crafted a novel that perfectly explicates the clash between the cowboys and ranchers of the old West and the environmentalists and seekers of the new. This is a book about America: its violence, its traumas, its entitlements, and its stultifying rage.” --Pam Houston
Joe Wilkins, Pushcart Prize winner and a finalist for the PEN Center USA Journalism Award and National Magazine Award, has written a dark and haunting debut novel for our time. Wilkins brings Montana and the American West to life with the same authenticity of Daniel Woodrell’s Ozarks and Ron Rash’s Appalachia. With FALL BACK DOWN WHEN I DIE, set in eastern Montana ranch country, Wilkins gives us a beautiful tale of love and sacrifice and bonds that can’t be broken as he shares the story of Wendell Newman and the abandoned boy put in his care.
Now more than ever we see the ramifications of the heated division between rural and urban Americans, and between the haves and have-nots. Wilkins offers a story that makes us pause, take stock of this polarization, and ask, How can we take better care of one another despite our different worlds? Can we still find compassion for our neighbors, no matter how far they are from our front door and our point of view?