The Textured Life
Anna O'Brien DVM interviews Dr Sid Gustafson about novel writing
Horse Behaviour; The Nature of Horses
Dr Gustafson's latest non-fiction book. Get to know your horses from the equine perspective.
Sid's New York Times Journalism
Horse Racing in America
Sid's latest Horse racing journalism, The Breeder's Cup
Dr Gustafson's Equine Behavior class, University of Guelph
Interview with the equine behaviour educator
Dr Gustafson's NYTimes journalism
The Rail; Horseracing in America
Sid's novels and books
Author page, Amazon.com
A Veterinarian's Take
Dr Gustafson's blog
Drugs and Racehorses
DrSid's NYTimes piece from 2008
Rose di Maris reviews Swift Dam
Gustafson has a singular prose style that is neither imitative nor boring, but deeply and brilliantly evocative of the place, pace of life, and culture of the truly unique part of America in which this story is set. He captures the feeling of a place, not with paint or music but with words, through deliberate selection, arrangement, and sometimes repetition of those words. This prose style is likely to be so unlike any other you have encountered in contemporary literature that you may be tempted to resist it at first, but if you surrender to it and let the author take you where he wants to, you won't be disappointed. This slim novel gathers momentum and becomes more fascinating as it progresses--my favorite section is the chapter called Recapitulation, right at the book's heart, and achieves an ending that is deeply satisfying, resolving mysteries and illuminating the truth about relationships between compelling, carefully drawn and lifelike characters. Gustafson soars when he shows his gift for subtlety, conveying volumes of information and history in a character's slightest gesture or sparsely-spoken words. Among other things, this book is a meditation on animals and human relationships to them, land, the natural world, invisible communities, love and, perhaps most of all, the long-term, rippling, multi-generational effects of large-scale events on small, individual lives. Those interested in animals (particularly horses), veterinary practice as it relates to livestock and rural communities, 20th century Native American and/or Blackfoot culture, Montana, and depictions of male friendship will find this particularly engaging. Even if you approach the book without those interests, its literary quality will likely capture you.
Swift Dam, available at your local bookstore, or here, from Open Books Publishing as a book or ebook!
"Swift Dam," the new novel by veterinarian and writer Sid Gustafson, is a beautifully evocative exploration of memory and landscape, history and generational relationships. It is set on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation, where Sid grew up as part of the prolifically creative Gustafson clan... via LAST BEST NEWS
Erin H Turner for Big Sky Journal, Arts Edition, 2016
Swift Dam reviewed by Ed Kemmick
Sid writes of veterinary medicine, and much else, with a poetic voluptuousness, as in this description of the aftermath of a cesarean birth: “The new mother heaves a sigh of relief as the calf exits her incised womb. Doc elevates the calf to drain her wet lungs, and lays the neonate out and revives the baby, too long inside. He clamps her umbilicus to make her inhale, and inhale the little creature does, taking in first air, continuing to inhale, gestating nine months to inhale. Fingers threads his needle with catgut suture and the newborn sits to her sternum and issues a faint bawl. He stitches the mother back together, the newborn flapping her ears, stars singing hallelujah.” Sid also knows the Blackfeet, whom he grew up around up on the family ranch. He writes of Blackfeet past and present with a clear understanding of the indignities they have suffered, but also with an unsentimental appreciation of what they might teach those who care to listen. - See more at: http://lastbestnews.com/site/2016/06/swift-dam-a-mesmerizing-account-of-family-remembrance/#sthash.n01oiZXn.dpuf
Swift Dam, swift life... What was lost in the Flood of '64?
Great Falls Tribune reviews the Flood of '64 novel
Swift Dam #1 in literary fiction
Authors' Den reviews
Review of the novel Swift Dam
Swift Dam rises to #1 in literary fiction on Author's Den! The best novels, however one defines them and judges them, include the knowledge of something we’ve known little about on the level of expertise that the practitioners have. Consider “Moby Dick.” In this novel Moby Dick is a monumental rebuilt dam and the special knowledge is about horses and veterinary meds and instruments. Flesh of several kinds.
Swift Dam, in a fine bookstore near you
If your bookstore does not have the novel, you can order Swift Dam from Open Books
Read the answers to
Dr Sid's Equine Behavior Q&A
with the AAEP.
For prosperity horses require abundant
Swift Dam, a new novel, amazon link
The Flood of '64, What Horses Know
In Search of Montana Horseracing
From Yellowstone Downs to the Crow river horses of the Little Big Horn
A Solution to Horse Racing's Medication Problems
Sid's latest New York Times story
Montana Quarterly Magazine
Book Review, Spring ‘07
Horses They Rode
By Sid Gustafson
Riverbend Publishing, 288 pages
Reviewed by Justin Easter
Bozeman author and veterinarian Sid Gustafson has the rare ability to take you from your seat and place you directly in his novel.
He accomplishes this in Horses They Rode not with the all-too-common literary tactics we are used to, but through the use of fascinating imagery. While giving the reader familiar points in Montana to use as reference, Gustafson transports his readers into a different countryside than the one we see from our windows.
Gustafson brings his reader into a world where Indians and cowboys live together, and before the novel even progresses, the affect of this relationship, however strained, is evident to the reader. The nomadic qualities of Gustafson’s characters echo throughout the novel and resonate in any reader who has felt an itch for exploration.
If you are interested in opening a book that will captivate your imagination while encouraging introspection, you need not look further than Horses They Rode. You may put this novel down wondering about the spirit of the mountains, the relationships you have with people around you, or even the relationship you have with yourself. This is, of course, not surprising when you realize Gustafson is using his own experiences to masterfully shape his characters.
Expect to read one of the finer stories related to quickly dissipating Montana culture, and one of the most impressive novels written by a Montana author this year. Hold on to your emotions, because there will most likely be an instant when Gustafson is able to open your mind in a way that is truly fascinating.