Cranbrook Kingswood School (1958)
McGuane's writing is noted for its mastery of language (particularly the early novels), a comic appreciation for the irrational core of many human endeavors, multiple takes on the counterculture of the 1960s and 1970s, and an increasing devotion to family relationships and relationships with the natural world in the changing American West, primarily Montana, where he has made his home since 1968, and where his last five novels and many of his essays are set.
Satirically drawn characters who are experiencing male crises is a constant theme in his fiction and screenplays. His male protagonists either leave the comforts of suburbia in a proverbial quest for America and themselves, or return to family ranches in a vain attempt to rekindle patriarchal family traditions. Whether attempting to recapture the myth of the West or embarking on an undefined quest for an America lost to its own materialism, dissipation, and mass cultural kitsch, McGuane's characters function as a critique of the self-destructive implications of masculine bravura and competition. His characters also simultaneously express nostalgia for an outmoded brand of masculinity associated with the heroic Western cowboy.
Thomas married to Portia Rebeca Crockett. The second his wife was Margot Kidder. After divorce with Margot Kidder, he married to Mary Loraine Buffett.
He has three children: Thomas Francis McGuane IV, Maggie, and Anne.