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From the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Shipping News, a collection of short stories inspired by the harsh and unforgiving landscape of Wyoming. Throughout, Annie Proulx invests these stories with an intelligence and black humour that transforms them into something new and surprising. In one story, a slight young man defies his mother's insults to become a rodeo star, while in another, an octogenarian finds himself drawn back to the ranch that he quite decades before -- against his better judgement. Elsewhere, Proulx demonstrates her taste for the macabre in a grisly tale of bad weather, gambling and amputation set a hundred years ago. Inventive, compassionate and wildly funny, these marvellous stories explore the unbreakable bond between a people and their land.
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Annie Proulx won the Pulitzer Prize with her book "The Shipping News"

About the Author

E. Annie Proulx is the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of "The Shipping News" and the acclaimed 'Accordion Crimes'. She was born in 1935 in Connecticut USA, where her family have lived since 1635, but has spent most of her life in Vermont. She has been a newspaper editor, medical writer, historian and author. Her first book was a collection of short stories, 'Heart Songs and Other Stories'. Her first novel, 'Postcards', was published when she was in her 50s.

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'A stunning collection of eleven tales about the hard lives of the ranchers, cowpokes and country wives who struggle to survive in an unforgiving environment. Written in a wonderfully flexible style that can be both spare and extravagant, her book has been hailed by American critics as a masterpiece.' Daily Telegraph 'Like a mystic seeing the transfigured universe, she recreates the beauty of ordinary things.' Independent on Sunday 'The detail is meticulous, the prose poetic and Proulx's fiction teems with life. Above all, her stories engage the heart. Magical.' Tatler 'Proulx's style, compressed, elastic, hard-hitting, is inimitable: close to poetry bit never self-indulgent. This is writing to be savoured.' Sunday Telegraph 'These are tales we can almost feel in our bones.' Sunday Times 'As lean, confident and exact as a stylist, and as good a storyteller, as you could hope for. Buy this book.' Observer 'Individually, these 11 tales have a tautness and an urgency that are never less than exhilarating. Collectively, they encapsulate an entire, unremittingly bleak world. To find the pulse of humanity in such desperate lives betokens a writer of genius.'Saturday Telegraph

Annie Proulx's new collection of short stories includes the acclaimed `Brokeback Mountain', along with 10 other stories all set in the harsh and unrelenting landscape of Wyoming. Life here is tough, and `the tragedy of people counts for nothing although the signs of misadventure are everywhere' among the bull-riding, gun-toting, hard-drinking and hard-working folk of the ranchlands. Although similar in flavour, each story is unique - sometimes confronting, sometimes poignant, but never sentimental. There is much that is grim, even gruesome, in this collection but there is a very real sense that this is life. The stories are absolutely engaging - some particularly for their narrative, others for their character interaction or their quirky, sometimes black humour. Some stories are quite bleak, such as `Job History', where life for everyone is a succession of miserable failures. They are all wonderfully written and the work of a master storyteller who leaves the reader with much to dwell upon. The style of Proulx's writing here is closer to that of Accordion Crimes than The Shipping News or her earlier short-story collection, Heart Songs. No doubt readers will find some stories more satisfying than others, but this is a collection to look forward to and certainly one to savour. Anne Austin is a bookseller at Lindfield Bookshop, Lindfield (NSW). C. 1999 Thorpe-Bowker and contributors

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