In 2006, Bryce Andrews packed the essentials of his life into a pickup truck and drove
east from Seattle in search of the American West. He found work as a ranch hand on the
Sun Ranch, an 18,000-acre paradise of grass, timber, and foothills in Montana’s Madison
River Valley. There, on the wild, enormous doorstep of Yellowstone National Park, he
lived for a year tending 1,400 cattle, surrounded by 2,000 elk, a half dozen grizzly
bears...and a pack of wolves.
BADLUCK WAY:A Year on the Ragged Edge of the Westis Bryce Andrews’s vivid narrative of his time on the Sun and how it changed
him forever. It’s a beautifully written ode to the satisfaction of hard work, hard living,
and the hard business of raising cattle on some of the most beautiful land in the world.
It’s also a personal and intimate commentary on the vanishing world of ranching, the
inevitable conflicts that arise between wildlife and human interests, and the hopeful
belief that somehow we may be able to do right by the land that sustains us all.
Bryce Andrewswas born and raised in Seattle, Washington. At his earliest opportunity, he headed east across the
Cascade Mountains in search of the American West. After earning an undergraduate degree in Environmental Studies
and Writing from Whitman College, he worked a series of jobs that eventually landed him on the Sun Ranch, a large
spread in Montana’s Madison Valley. There, on the edge of a vast wilderness that included Yellowstone National Park,
he did the hard work of ranching and wrote extensively to keep sane through the ice-bound doldrums of winter. Since
then, with the exception of a short stint in graduate school at the University of Montana, he’s made his living by raising
cattle and restoring land in the remote and rural valleys of Southwest Montana. Bryce Andrews’s essays and short work
have been published in High Country News, Big Sky Journal, Camas Magazine, and Backpacker. BACKLUCK WAY: A Year
on the Ragged Edge of the Westis his first book.