Bill Amley is an awkward man leading a lonely life. In late December of 2019, just before the Coronavirus changes the world around him, the fifty-six-year-old realizes his life is empty and decides to throw his fate to the wind. Bill leaves his job, sells most of what he owns, buys an SUV and heads out west to points unknown. Having resolved to change the way he lives, Bill picks up a hitch-hiker, a young Native American woman named Sky who is seeking to escape her own set of life’s challenges. As they head west, Sky and Bill form an unusual and powerful friendship. Their trip ends near the Bitterroot Mountains where the pandemic threatens their lives.
A Home in the Bitterroot explores the rich history of immigrants to the Bitterroot Valley and of the Salish People whose historical home was the Bitterroot. The pandemic, social intolerance and ghosts of the past combine in this story of a man trying to validate his life. A Home in the Bitterroot is a satisfying, compelling and truthful American tale.
A Home in the Bitterroot is a response to the Coronavirus, but it is also a statement about where America has come from and what it is today. The book is truly an American story tying together the past and present.
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