Welch’s first novel, Winter in the Blood, is the sensitive story of a young Native American living on Montana’s Fort Belknap Reservation. Facing lost heritage and personal tragedies, a young man working on his family’s ranch consoles himself with alcohol and women as he searches for an alternative to despair. Although haunted by the deaths of his older brother and father, he receives an ironic epiphany that anchors him to the lands of his ancestors.
James Welch attended Blackfeet and Fort Belknap reservation schools and studied under the University of Montana’s legendary writing teacher, Richard Hugo. He is widely regarded as a master of American prose. Welch expertly captures the unique and spectacular prairie landscape, which American Prairie seeks to protect.