Christine's debut novel, about a close-knit but complicated rural family in Western Montana, will be published by A Strange Object/Deep Vellum in early 2023. Spanning 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'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.