Jerry McGahan is a writer, a painter, and a photographer. He is the author of A Condor Brings the Sun and his short fiction has appeared in numerous literary journals, including Antioch Review, Georgia Review, Gray’s Sporting Journal, and Ploughshares. His work has appeared in American Bee Journal, the Journal of Experimental Biology, and National Geographic. He lives in Arlee, Montana.

The Deer Walking Upside Down

by Jerry McGahan

In this debut short story collection from Jerry McGahan, nature in all its fascinating, perplexing, and maddening varieties intercedes with the complex yearnings, courtings, departings, and returnings of the human characters who inhabit the fringes of wilderness in contemporary Montana. Comprised of short fiction selected over a 20-year period, The Deer Walking Upside Down invites readers into a world where hard work and an abiding respect for all things wild inform the lives of this rural paradise, yet not without a price. As men and women reconcile passion and inclination, love and the wreckage of aging, there is always work to be done: fences to be repaired, hives to be tended to, livestock to be fed, and loves to be fostered. Steeped in the tradition of Jim Harrison and Tom McGuane, this collection marks the arrival of a distinct voice in the contemporary Western literary landscape.