Ivan Doig has been called "the reigning master of new Western
literature." And THE WHISTLING SEASON, his latest book, certainly
confirms his writing stature.
The story is told from the point of view of Paul Milliron,
currently the Montana state superintendent of schools. He has been
delegated to decide the fate of the state's last rural schools. As
he struggles with the decisions he must make, Paul recalls his
childhood and the one-room schoolhouse he attended in Marias
Coulee, Montana in the fall of 1909.
Paul's father Oliver has been recently widowed. The family,
including three boys --- Paul, Damon and Tobey --- are struggling
to keep their daily chores done. This includes cooking,
housekeeping, attending to their father's farming duties and going
to school. It's too much for