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Richard Ford (Independence Day) book returns to Great Falls, Montana

May 21, 2012View for printing

Before he'd even seen Great Falls, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Richard Ford started setting stories here.

"I remember looking it up on the map and seeing that it seemed like a dramatic landscape: the front range so close in the west, the great plains lying out virtually to Minneapolis to the east. And then the river," he said. "I liked it when I wrote 'Great Falls' on any page I was writing on."

Great Falls is an "attractive, sonorous name to me," he said.

"The idea of a 'great' 'falls' seems romantic" and the name's poetic qualities added to the appeal, though Ford said why he started writing about Great Falls in the middle 1980s remains a subject of conjecture, even for him.


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