Let me start by saying that I loved Doig's English Creek. And House of Sky contains the same lyrical, breathtaking prose and cowboy realism. After getting his PHD in history, Doig decides instead to write a book about his father, a Montana sheeprancher; and his grandmother, the mother of Doig's mother who died when he was six. The two have a hate/dislike relationship but overlook that in the interests of raising Ivan. Still, they're both quite the characters. I learned a lot about sheep ranching, enough to confirm that sheep really are stupid animals and a lot of work. I learned that a family can live with so little, overcome so much; and still develop that binding love that remains with you all your life. As I said, Doig writes beautifully and tells a good story. However, midway through the book, I lost a little interest. The final scenes were pretty gut-wrenching and I was glad to have Kleenex close by. While I didn't like House nearly as much as Creek; I'm still looking forward to reading the rest of Doig's books which are sitting on the shelf. I classified these as western literature. If you like the great outdoors, ranching, horses, tough men and tougher women; you should read this book.