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South of the Border: Side: an Extraordinary Novelist from the Sweet Grass Hills


January 15, 2020

Twenty-two-year old Mariah Eide, of rural Whitlash, is shown composing on her laptop computer using an "eye mouse." Born with cerebral palsy that affects use of her limbs, she uses the "keyboardless" technology and her eyes to select letters to print. She completed her first published novel, "The Wild West," in December, 2016. A second novel, "Hidden Memories," was published this fall.

South of the Border, Column No. 39

Columnist's note. The postmaster in Whitlash pointed me to a poster in the post office. The poster shows a photo of a young woman posing with a copy of a small book. The book is the first novel she wrote, "The Wild West," and published in the winter of 2017. Mariah Eide lives on a ranch outside Whitlash.

The postmaster said, "I think you'll find an interesting story if you visit with Mariah and her family." I contacted Eileen Eide, Mariah's mother, and spent an afternoon with the two of them at the ranch. Here's some of what I learned about this extraordin...

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