Mile High, Mile Deep [Butte]
By Richard Kilroy O'Malley, with a new introduction by Aaron Parrett. Softcover, 280 pages.
First published by Mountain Press in 1970 and in print nearly continuously through several editions by different publishers, Mile High Mile Deep is once again available.
Part memoir, part novel, Richard Kilroy O'Malley's compelling coming-of-age story captures life in Butte in the 1920s, when the city was a lusty, two-fisted copper camp. Written with sensitivity and feeling, this wonderful book brings to life the Irish, Scandinavians, Slavs, Cornishmen, Syrians, Greeks, Finns, and Italians who scratched a living in the boisterous mining city.
First as observers and then as participants, Dick and his friend Frank see and feel the stark power of the mines--a mile high in the blue sky of Montana, but a mile deep, too, in the sweat and gloom of the underground shafts that trapped and destroyed.
"Many Things Come together in this novel: a simple, engaging style; an intimate familiarity with Butte in the 1920s; sympathetic characters; and a narrative with a smooth sweep that encompasses almost every aspect of Butte's history without feeling contrived."
--Aaron Parrett, author of Literary Butte
Softcover, 280 pages.