I Am a Stranger Here Myself
The new memoir by Debra Gwartney

An exploration of what it means to be a Woman of the West, then and now

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Winner of the 2018 Riverteeth Nonfiction Prize

Book cover with the title, I Am a Stranger Here Myself, and, in the background, an images of a double-track dirt road through sagebrush rising up to a horizon with short trees and by Debra Gwartney

Advanced Praise for
I Am a Stranger Here Myself

“’We are at times hardwired by our own histories to act in ways we spend the rest of our lives desperately untangling,’ writes Debra Gwartney in this meditation on home, family, and loyalty. She has always found herself the odd one out in her family of conservative Idahoans, questioning what they take on faith. In her stubbornness to both love her people and demand the truth, she embodies the determination and fortitude we expect of a woman of the West.”

— Bonnie Jo Campbell, National Book Award finalist, author of American Salvage and Once Upon a River

“For women, the West can be a two-hearted place—a place of belonging and alienation, a place of history and its erasure. In this brilliant exploration of what it means to be a woman of the West, Debra Gwartney interweaves her own story with that of Narcissa Whitman. The result is a beautiful hybrid—a genre-busting book that takes a profound, relatable, and riveting look at Western identity, then and now.”

—Claire Dederer, author of Love and Trouble: A Midlife Reckoning


Debra Gwartney

Author of I Am a Stranger Here Myself

Born in Salmon, Idaho, a fifth generation Idahoan, Debra Gwartney…


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