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That Old Ace in the Holeby Annie Proulx
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"Told through the eyes of Bob Dollar, a young Denver man trying to make good in a bad world. Dollar is out of college but aimless, and he takes a job with Global Pork Rind, his task to locate big spreads of land in the Texas and Oklahoma panhandles that can be purchased by the corporation and converted to hog farms." — Jacket.
"Too much of the text feels like only partly digested research, without much happening despite the pileup of stories, and the reader feels the urge to reach out and shake the slightly unreal Bob. But Proulx's luscious, somewhat wacky way with words remains intact (who else would talk about 'bronze Polaroid light' or 'a weasel-headed horse'?), and by the final pages she has worked her old magic." Barbara Hoffert, The Atlantic Monthly (read the entire Atlantic review)
"Funny, deft, and sharply told, Proulx's latest suffers from excessive local color in parts, but it's engaging and worthwhile — if not up to her usual level." Kirkus Reviews
"[S]he revels in odd twists of fate and characters as quirky as their names, and greatly sharpens our insights into western history and ecological realities while rhapsodizing splendidly over everything from Bakelite jewelry to quilts to windmills." Donna Seaman, Booklist
"Her new novel, That Old Ace in the Hole, squeals on the horrors of corporate hog farming with all the subtlety of a stuck pig. Her old-fashioned country folks are quirky characters who love the land and treat their animals with respect. The officers of the Global Pork Rind corporation, meanwhile, are conniving liars who speak of 'pork units' and live in Asia. The story is continually entertaining, but thematically boarish." Ron Charles, The Christian Science Monitor (read the entire CSM review)
About the Author
Annie Proulx's The Shipping News won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, the National Book Award for Fiction, and the Irish Times International Fiction Prize. She is the author of two other novels: Postcards, winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award, and Accordion Crimes. She has also written two collections of short stories, Heart Songs and Other Stories and Close Range. In 2001, The Shipping News was made into a major motion picture. Annie Proulx lives in Wyoming and Newfoundland.
Table of Contents
Global Pork Rind — Art Plastic — On the Road Again — The Evil Fat Boy — No Room in Cowboy Rose — Sheriff Hugh Dough — The Rural Compendium — Pioneer Fronk — The Busted Star — Old Dog — Tater Crouch — Rope Butt — Habakuk's Luck — The Young Couple — Abel and Cain — Curiosity Killed the Cat — The Devil's Hatband — Just a Few Questions — The Sheriff's Office — Everything's O.K. So Far — Triple Cross — Ribeye Writes — Rich Orlando — Violet's Night on the Town — Top Sales — Brother Mesquite — Trip to Denver — Used but Not Abused — Ribeye Cluke's Office — Quick Change — Mrs. Betty Doak — Ace in the Hole — Failure — Barbwire.
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