Craig Lancaster
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Craig Lancaster

Craig Lancaster, a Montana-based novelist, writes stories set in the contemporary American West.

"I have these incredibly vivid memories of visiting Montana with my folks on family vacations, and following my dad, an itinerant laborer who worked in the oil and gas fields when I was a kid," he says. "It was such a vast, beautiful, overwhelming place. From the first time I saw Montana, I wanted to be a part of it."

A couple of years after Lancaster's arrival in the Big Sky State in his mid-30s, he began chasing a long-held dream of writing novels. His debut, "600 Hours of Edward," was first released in 2009 and went on to be selected as a Montana Honor Book and a High Plains Book Award winner. In 2012, it was acquired by Lake Union Publishing and re-released, gaining a whole new cadre of fans.

His follow-up, "The Summer Son," was released in January 2011 by Lake Union Publishing, to similar acclaim. Booklist called the new novel "a classic western tale of rough lives and gruff, dangerous men, of innocence betrayed and long, stumbling journeys to love." It was a Utah Book Award finalist.

Next came "Quantum Physics and the Art of Departure," a collection of short fiction, including pieces Lancaster originally published in Montana Quarterly magazine. That book, released by Missouri Breaks Press, came out in December 2011 and was a 2012 Independent Publishers Book Awards gold medalist and High Plains Book Award finalist.

In April 2013, Edward Stanton, the main character in Lancaster's debut novel, returned in "Edward Adrift," also published by Lake Union Publishing. This book, too, was widely hailed, with veteran Montana journalist David Crisp noting that "with remarkable speed, Mr. Lancaster has made himself into one of Montana's most important writers."

"The Fallow Season of Hugo Hunter," about the dysfunctional relationship between a washed-up boxer and the sportswriter who has covered him for 20 years, was published in the fall of 2014 by Lake Union Publishing. He followed that with in 2015 with "This is What I Want," which is now a High Plains Book Award finalist.

His latest returns to the familiar, beloved character Edward Stanton. "Edward Unspooled" was released in paperback, Kindle and audiobook formats in July 2016.

Lancaster's work, hailed for its character-driven narratives, delves deeply below the surface, getting at the grit and the glory of lives ordinary and extraordinary.

"It's all too easy to turn people into caricatures, but the truth is, we humans are pretty damned fascinating," Lancaster says. "For me, fiction is a way at getting at truth. I use it to examine the world around me, the things that disturb me, the questions I have about life--whether my own or someone else's. My hope is that someone reading my work will have their own emotional experience and bring their own thoughts to what they read on the page."

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    • 600 Hours of Edward

    • By: Craig Lancaster
    • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
    • Length: 7 hrs and 37 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,904
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,636
    • Story
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    A 39-year-old with Asperger’s syndrome and obsessive-compulsive disorder, Edward Stanton lives alone on a rigid schedule in the Montana town where he grew up....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • A Very Good Book with a Very Difficult Hero

    • By Lulu on 08-27-12

    Regular price: $17.99

    • Edward Adrift

    • By: Craig Lancaster
    • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
    • Length: 7 hrs and 41 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,018
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 938
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 932

    That’s the flummoxed state of Edward Stanton, a 42-year-old with Asperger’s syndrome. His job, his therapist, and his best friends are all gone....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • At first I was flummoxed....

    • By Madora on 07-30-14

    Regular price: $13.99

    • Edward Unspooled

    • By: Craig Lancaster
    • Narrated by: David Otey
    • Length: 7 hrs and 59 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 196
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 182
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 182

    Change keeps stalking Edward Stanton. He and his new wife, Sheila, have retreated to his small house in Montana after an unsuccessful attempt at operating a motel in Colorado....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • No spoilers.

    • By Gurglebarp on 11-09-16

    Regular price: $19.95

    • The Fallow Season of Hugo Hunter

    • By: Craig Lancaster
    • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
    • Length: 8 hrs and 11 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 28
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 22
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 20

    As Hugo lands on the ropes again, Mark steps in to try to save him - and unburdens himself of long-held secrets regarding Hugo’s past....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Craig Lancaster rocks

    • By Monica on 06-16-17

    Regular price: $10.49

    • This Is What I Want

    • By: Craig Lancaster
    • Narrated by: Gordon Greenhill
    • Length: 8 hrs and 12 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 24
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 21
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 21

    In the sweltering heat of a Montana July, the small town of Grandview readies for its annual Jamboree. The event is meant to celebrate community, but this year tensions boil over....

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Not For Me

    • By Sara on 08-02-17

    Regular price: $10.46

    • Julep Street

    • By: Craig Lancaster
    • Narrated by: David Otey
    • Length: 6 hrs and 58 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3 out of 5 stars 10
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 7
    • Story
      2.5 out of 5 stars 7

    Carson McCullough has given his career to a singular pursuit - putting out a small daily newspaper that keeps his employees engaged and his hometown informed....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A Compelling Trip Down Julep Street

    • By Jerry Correu on 06-10-17

    Regular price: $19.95

    • Der Sommersohn

    • By: Craig Lancaster
    • Narrated by: Thomas Nero Wolff
    • Length: 8 hrs and 48 mins
    • Unabridged
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    schuldete einer Menge Leute etwas, aber ich war der einzige der noch übrig war, um die Schulden einzutreiben. Ich sagte mir, dass ich mich nicht...

    Regular price: $19.37

    • 600 Stunden aus Edwards Leben

    • By: Craig Lancaster
    • Narrated by: Helmut Krauss
    • Length: 10 hrs and 17 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Edward Stanton, ein 39-jähriger Mann mit zwanghafter Persönlichkeitsstörung und Asperger-Syndrom, lebt allein und nach strengem Zeitplan...

    Regular price: $18.75

    • Edward auf Reisen

    • By: Craig Lancaster
    • Narrated by: Helmut Krauss
    • Length: 9 hrs and 52 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Für den zweiundvierzigjährigen Edward Stanton mit Asperger-Syndrom war es ein aufregendes Jahr. Er hat seinen Job verloren...

    Regular price: $17.86

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