Swift Dam, a novel, literary fiction



Practicing veterinarian and journalist Sid Gustafson’s new novel, Swift Dam (Open Books, $14.95) is a short but satisfying read. In telling the story of an elderly veterinarian who sits out one long night under the dam and recalls the day of the great flood 50 years earlier that wiped out a large Blackfeet community, Gustafson evokes the landscape and the lives of an area still devastated half a century after the flood. But, of course, the wounds go much deeper and are much older. And the mysteries surrounding the lives of the people are deep and entangled. Like Gustafson’s previous novels, Horses They Rode and Prisoners of Flight, this is a book that demonstrates personal empathy and a sure hand with image. Erin H Turner for Big Sky Journal, Arts Edition, 2016


Outside Bozeman review of Swift Dam

Local author (and veterinarian) Sid Gustafson's latest book, Swift Dam (Open Books, $15.95), is set against the real-life tragedy of the Swift Dam collapse in 1964, when 30 people died in damcollapses and flooding in northwest Montana. Gustafson tells the story of a veterinarian and hislife, work, and relationship with the Blackfeet Nation. The doctor, Fingers Vallerone, mourns the losses of not just the individuals but of a culture. Gustafson embodies the storytelling culture in his distinctive style of prose. The discourse is at times sparse, and yet at others curiously insistent. Itis a fast read, but tantalizing threads leave you picking through them long after you have finished. Gustafson uses landscape as the language of the Blackfeet Nation, and his intimate knowledge and sense of place shines through. Gustafson's text seems to be a man's book about men, with a masculine, almost patriarchal tone that probably reflects its characters. --DEBBIE DREWS



The long ride of Alphonse Vallerone DVM

Novels and animal care books.

Sid's latest novel
The Flood of 1964. Swift Dam celebrates the native land and the Natives who survive as they have survived throughout time, perilously. It is the story of a veterinarian who attempts to sustain and nurture life on the land, his empathy with the living, and his sympathy for the dead and dying.
Dr Gustafson's Equine Behavior Educational Services
Horse Behaviour, The Language of Horses, Resolving Unwelcome Behaviors in Horses, Ethical Care of the Horse, The Merging of Horses and Humans
Equine Behaviour
The merging of dogs and horses and humans.
High Plains Book of the Year 2007
Now Available in Fine Bookstores Everywhere
Literary Fiction
Outback Montana Wilderness Novel
Animal Care
dog first aid, accident prevention, injury assessment, canine behavior, dog injury treatments