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Published in Great Plains Quarterly 12:1 (Winter 1992). Copyright © 1992 Center for Great Plains Studies, University of Nebraska–Lincoln.


Gretel Ehrlich is a writer who has taken for the subject of her art-and who has taken for her home-the Big Hom Basin of northern Wyoming. That particular extension of plains landscape, stretched between the Big Horn Mountains to the east (a sort of geological intrusion upon an otherwise Great Plains terrain) and the Absarokas to the west, has provided both an intensely personal and a brilliantly imaginative source of inspiration for Ehrlich's fiction and non-fiction. What on one hand has been a distinctly restorative (and even erotic) landscape for Ehrlich also has proven to be a potently politicized landscape.