“The sense of community, family, and buried secrets at its heart is almost tactile in its presence. A deeply felt, unconventionally told family story.” --Kirkus Reviews
"Byl's slow-burning and poignant debut novel follows a Montana family across decades (and) gently excavates (a) complicated interior life. Readers will find much to savor."
Just out, March 14! You can mail order Lookout from Bookshop.org, directly from Deep Vellum/A Strange Object, or at Amazon. Best of all, ask your local bookstore to order you a copy. Thank you for supporting independent booksellers whenever possible!
Christine Byl's debut novel, Lookout, about a close-knit but complicated rural family in Western Montana, spans the latter half of the 20th century & the beginning of the next. Lookout retools the mythic American west to encompass the social and emotional pressures that underlie a family's life on the land.
"Christine Byl's Lookout is an unforgettable novel, both stunning and subtle, written with nuance and compassion. This astonishing novel of work, love, community and forgiveness in 20th-century rural Montana will leave readers forever changed for the better.” --Shelf Awareness
"A first-rate story-teller."
For more information, to pre-order, and to read early reviews, please visit Lookout.
Christine's first book is a memoir-natural history-ethnographic hybrid based in her years working on trail crews in Montana & Alaska. In interlocking narratives both hilarious and contemplative, it showcases a unique subculture and opens a larger conversation on tools, wildness, animals, gender, labor, place, work & community. Dirt Work was a finalist for the Willa Award in non-fiction; a Shelf Awareness top 10 NF books of 2013; an Amazon editors' choice; and recipient of many other distinctions. In addition, it has become a word-of-mouth classic among trail crews across the country.
Find out more at Dirt Work and Reviews.