Kim Zupan is a native Montanan who grew up in and around Great Falls, where much of The Ploughmen is set. For twenty-five years Zupan made his living as a carpenter while pursuing his writing. He was a collegiate and professional bareback rider and has worked as a ranch hand, smelterman and salmon purse seine fisherman. He holds an MFA from the University of Montana. At present he teaches carpentry at Missoula College University of Montana.
Kim Zupan has worked as a ranch hand, in a smelter, as a commercial fisherman in Alaska, on jet airplanes and now as a carpenter and carpentry teacher. He's also written a brilliant novel called The Ploughmen...
New York Times: The Ploughmen a ‘Dark and Imaginative Debut’ - 3 years ago
‘The Ploughmen,’ by Kim Zupan By ALYSON HAGYJAN. 2, 2015 Some protagonists crave a perch in history. Others hope merely to survive with dignity. The lead characters of Kim Zupan’s first novel, “The Ploughmen,” occupy opposite ends of this spectrum, but share two critical traits: They cannot sleep, and the source of their insomnia is […]
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: ‘The Ploughmen’: the unlikely friendship between a cop and a killer - 3 years ago
By Wendeline O. Wright From the unyielding aridity of the Dust Bowl in John Steinbeck’s “The Grapes of Wrath” to the suffocating cacophony of New Orleans in John Kennedy Toole’s “A Confederacy of Dunces,” American literature has enjoyed a symbiotic relationship with American landscapes. Thoughtful evocation of time and place, particularly in a place as […]
O Ye of Lowly Station: An Essay for Northwest Book Lovers - 3 years ago
From Northwest Book Lovers The man who recently wrote to me had been a bookstore owner in Arkansas and, because of the vicissitudes of the business (“death by box store”, as he put it), he’d taken a job as a custodian for its meager pay and the critical benefits it provided. He thanked me for […]
WSJ Review of ‘The Ploughmen’ - 3 years ago
From the Wall Street Journal By SAM SACKS Oct. 24, 2014 4:33 p.m. ET CLICK HERE for Full Article It is not buffalo but a mass murderer who is on display in Kim Zupan’s “The Ploughmen” (Henry Holt, 256 pages, $26): “Having shifted forward, Gload now sat half in light, half in dark, and he […]
NPR Book Review: ‘The Ploughmen’ - 3 years ago
In A Desolate Montana, ‘The Ploughmen’ Unearths Dark Truths Michael Schaub of NPR September 30, 2014 7:03 AM ET Valentine Millimaki, a sheriff’s deputy in central Montana, is the officer who’s called upon whenever someone goes missing. In the past, he has found people either safe or clinging to life, if barely. But for over […]