Bethany Maile had a mythological American West in mind when she
returned to Idaho after dropping out of college in Boston, only to
find a farm-town-turned-suburb instead of the Wild West wonderland
she remembered. Haunted by what she had so completely
misremembered, Maile resolved to investigate her attachment to the
western myth, however flawed. Deciding to engage in a variety of
"western" events, Maile trailed rodeo queens, bid on cattle, fired
.22s at the gun range, and searched out wild horses. With lively
reportage and a sharp wit, she recounts her efforts to understand
how the western myth is outdated yet persistent while ultimately
exploring the need for story and the risks inherent to that need.
Anything Will Be Easy after This traces Maile's evolution from a
girl suckered by a busted-down story to a more knowing woman who
discovers a new narrative that enchants without deluding.