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Wed June 12, 2013
A World Series Ring, a Three-Legged Dog, and a Thirst for Self-Destruction
Pete Hurley is not the first person to have the idea that building his dream house in the country will bring him some kind of peace and happiness. But he may be the first to arrive in Montana with a World Series ring, a three-legged dog, and a thirst for self-destruction.
High and Inside documents with stark clarity one man’s struggle with the dark side of fame, as well as his internal battles with alcoholism and a crumbling sense of self-identity. A community of people who love him and a generous inheritance aren’t enough to counterbalance Pete’s apparent determination to sabotage every healthy aspect of his life. It’s a downward spiral that won’t end until he’s forced to confront not only his own ugly past but his unfulfilled future as well.
With wit and compassion, sharp humor and startling insight, author Russell Rowland gives us not only a portrait of fame and addiction, but also an indispensable glimpse into the character of the modern West.
Russell Rowland was born in Bozeman, Montana, in 1957. His first novel, In Open Spaces , made the San Francisco Chronicle bestseller list and was named among the “Best of the West, 2002” by the Salt Lake City Tribune . It received a starred review in Publisher’s Weekly . His second novel, The Watershed Years , similarly garnered rave reviews. He currently lives in Billings, Montana.
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