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A Wide-Open Discussion on Myron Brinig’s “Wide-Open Town”

The Montana Historical Society’s “Pages In History” Readers Forum this month features Myron Brinig’s “Wide Open Town” that brings early 1900s Butte to life through the eyes of a young Irish immigrant.
The book, which was first published in 1931 was controversial at the time for its treatment of young love and the seamier sides of Butte, which is fictionalized as Silver Bow in the novel.
“In recreating life in (Butte) during the heyday of miners and prostitutes and saloons, Mr. Brinig writes with the throttle wide open,” was the review it received in 1931 from the New York Times.
The forum is free and open to everyone. The forum is held every last Thursday of the month with next month’s selection to be “Counting Coups? by Larry Colton.

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