The Blizzard of '32 A Novel

ByRichard Sterry

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The Blizzard of ’32 is a dazzling novel about family and fate. To support herself and her two youngest children, Adelia Anderson teaches at a tiny school on Montana’s remote Hi-Line. They live in a two-room teacherage made from an old grain bin. As the Great Depression tightens its grip, money and food are scarce, but Christmas is coming and so is Eddie, Adelia’s first-born, after being released from state prison. Her wayward oldest daughter, Rubyann, arrives unexpectedly for the holiday, and so does Swan, Adelia’s long-estranged husband. As emotions swirl, a fierce blizzard sweeps across the prairie. By the time the storm clears, all their lives have changed forever.

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Format: Trade Paperback
ISBN-13: 978-1-60639-116-7
Author: Richard Sterry
Pages: 304

"Absolutely authentic!"
—Mary Clearman Blew, All But the Waltz

"With prose as clear and fresh as that first breath of subzero air on a Western winter day, The Blizzard of ’32 is a crackling good story with an irresistible setting of time and place. I couldn’t put it down."
—David McCumber, The Cowboy Way: Seasons on a Montana Ranch

Praise for Richard Sterry’s first novel, Over The Fence

“This crisp comic novel [keeps] simmering briskly to the bitter end.”
New York Times

“More than a typical novel. Much more.”
San Francisco Chronicle

Richard Sterry was raised on a wheat farm on the Hi-Line of Montana. He took a B.A. at Northern Montana College, where he had a baseball scholarship and wrote satirical articles for the student newspaper, the NoMoCo. Following graduation, he taught high school English at Chester, a small town on the Hi-Line, and then enrolled at the University of Montana where he took a master’s degree. While studying there, he spent two summers manning a fire tower overlooking the Bob Marshal Wilderness. He was awarded a Woodrow Wilson Fellowship and enrolled in the American Studies PhD program at Michigan State. He has taught at Monmouth College in New Jersey and at Idaho State University, and he was a visiting professor at Otaru University in Hokkaido, Japan. He is a doting grandfather and an avid gardener. He’s been married to the same tolerant woman for almost fifty years.

The Blizzard of ‘32 is a dazzling novel about life on Montana’s Hi-Line

Richard Sterry grew up on a wheat ranch on Montana’s Hi-Line and went to school at MSU Northern in Havre. Now he has written a trilogy of novels about the Hi-Line, beginning with The Blizzard of ’32, a powerful portrait of family and fate.

Mary Clearman Blew, author of All But the Waltz, calls it “absolutely authentic,” and David McCumber, author of The Cowboy Way: Seasons on a Montana Ranch, says it is “a crackling good story” that he “couldn’t put down.”

The story revolves around the Anderson family. To support herself and her two youngest children, Adelia Anderson teaches at a tiny school on Montana’s remote Hi-Line. They live in a two-room teacherage made from an old grain bin. Money and food are scarce, but Christmas is coming and so is Eddie, Adelia’s prodigal firstborn, and her wayward oldest daughter, Rubyann. Then Swan, Adelia’s long-estranged husband, shows up unexpectedly. As emotions swirl, a fierce blizzard sweeps across the prairie, and by the time the storm clears, their lives have changed forever.

Sterry’s first novel, Over The Fence, was praised by the New York Times and the Boston Globe. The Blizzard of ‘32 is published by Riverbend Publishing of Helena.

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