If Not for This
By Pete Fromm
Red Hen Press, 2014, 240 pages, $15.95
This is the fourth novel from Pete Fromm, who earned his wildlife biology degree from UM and also has written five collections of short stories and a memoir. It’s a lifelong love story about Maddy and Dalt, who meet as river runners on the Snake River, build their own whitewater guiding business, and then navigate Maddy’s diagnosis with multiple sclerosis. Maddy narrates with immediacy in the first person.