A new short-story collection from the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Shipping News and Accordion Crimes. Includes the acclaimed stories, Brokeback Mountain (winner of a National Magazine Award) and The Mud Below. Annie Proulx's previous short story collection Heart Songs was universally acclaimed: 'A shining collection...a polished, ...Read MoreA new short-story collection from the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Shipping News and Accordion Crimes. Includes the acclaimed stories, Brokeback Mountain (winner of a National Magazine Award) and The Mud Below. Annie Proulx's previous short story collection Heart Songs was universally acclaimed: 'A shining collection...a polished, unflinching work.' (The Times). The new collection includes Brokeback Mountain, the highly-acclaimed and award-winning tale set in the beautiful, wild landscape of Wyoming where cowboys live as they have done for generations. Also included is the story The Mud Below that reveals the world of the rodeo, buckle bunnies and the quiet ambition of the boy who gives up everything to ride bulls. Remarkable and memorable, these new short stories will confirm Annie Proulx's status as one of the great story-tellers of our times.Read Less
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The author of these short stories is a master at painting pictures with words -- and uses words carefully, thoughtfully and for the most descriptive impact. She uses her words sparingly - sometimes a bit too sparingly for my taste. I sometimes have to backtrack because I missed something. I enjoyed these stories very much although they are sometimes gritty so these are not for juvenile reading. Having known western people and that culture a little bit allowed me to understand the characters a bit more than some might. All in all I recommend this to any adult reader.
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