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"[E]normously satisfying....The tone is wry, strange, occasionally macabre, the prose clean and witty. McGuane is, of course, an enormously experienced writer, and it shows in confident, perfectly calibrated, almost slim stories in which not a word is out of place." Anna Godbersen, Esquire (read the entire Esquire review)

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Publisher Comments:

A superb collection of stories — his first in twenty years — from one of our most acclaimed literary figures, whom the New York Times Book Review has called "a writer of the first magnitude."

Place exerts the power of destiny in these ten stories of lives uncannily recognizable and unforgettably strange: a boy makes a surprising discovery skating at night on Lake Michigan; an Irish clan in Massachusetts gather at the bedside of their dying matriarch; a battered survivor of the glory days of Key West washes up on other shores. Several of the stories unfold in Big Sky country, McGuane's signature landscape: a father tries to buy his adult son out of virginity; a convict turned cowhand finds refuge at a ranch in ruination; a couple makes a fateful drive through the perilous gorge of the title story before parting ways. McGuane's people are seekers, beguiled by the land's beauty and myth, compelled by the fantasy of what a locale can offer, forced to reconcile dream and truth.

The stories of Gallatin Canyon are alternately comical, dark, and poignant. Rich in the wit, compassion, and matchless language for which McGuane is celebrated, they are the work of a master.

Review:

"McGuane returns to the territories of his novels (Some Horses, etc.) in this collection of stories set in Montana, Michigan and Florida. Most of the characters are older, divorced and still looking for attachment but without much hope of love. They are alcoholics (in 'Vicious Circle' and 'The Refugee'), junkies ('Northcoast'), low-grade ex-cons ('The Cowboy'), embezzlers ('Old Friends'), disconnected fathers ('The Zombie' and 'Aliens') and lackluster ordinary men. In the title story, an unnamed smalltimer sets out on a business trip down the winding Gallatin Canyon, Mont., road with his girlfriend, Louise. He conducts his business dealings with phony bluster and indecision, humiliating himself in the eyes of this woman he hopes to marry; things get worse from there. Any attempts these characters make to draw happiness back into their lives backfires clumsily, pushing it further from their grasp. McGuane's sentences still have a playful quality, but the prevailing dreariness ('I wish I could feel something,' exclaims Louise) is something other than inspiring. (July 11)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"McGuane...is prized for his uncanny knack for uniting flinty humor...with classic landscape-inspired American lyricism, and he writes with particular intensity in these initially measured, then increasingly feverish, tales..." Booklist (Starred Review)

Review:

"McGuane fully lives up to the Hemingwayesque tag that is often attached to his name....Highly recommended." Library Journal

Review:

"[Q]uintessential McGuane." Kirkus Reviews

Review:

"About half the stories in the collection...are excellent and half are decidedly mediocre....[C]ontains enough gems to satisfy the author's many fans — and perhaps win over a few new ones." Houston Chronicle

Review:

"McGuane has been dubbed a 'writer's writer' and these stories show why: With perfect pitch and impressive technical skill, he presents a darkly comic vision of American men..." Providence Journal

Review:

"[T]here are wisdom, humor and a wry resignation in McGuane's collection that will touch a nerve in most of his readers." Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Review:

"[A]nything but predictable....[N]ot many writers are so adroit at both conjuring characters and giving them a voice....In Gallatin Canyon, McGuane navigates the human condition with skill and elegance." Seattle Times

Review:

"What keeps these stories from becoming depressing and unbearably painful is the sublime indifference of life..." Los Angeles Times

Review:

"Gallatin Canyon showcases McGuane's considerable talent for finding humor in awful situations." Miami Herald

Synopsis:

This superb collection of stories — his first in 20 years — is from one of the country's most acclaimed literary figures, whom the New York Times Book Review has called "a writer of the first magnitude."

About the Author

Thomas McGuane lives on a ranch in McLeod, Montana. He is the author of nine novels, three works of nonfiction, and one previous collection of stories.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781400041565
Subtitle:
Stories
Author:
McGuane, Thomas
Author:
McGuane, Thomas
Publisher:
Knopf
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Social life and customs
Subject:
Short Stories (single author)
Subject:
West (u.s.)
Subject:
West (U.S.) Social life and customs.
Copyright:
Publication Date:
July 2006
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
8.54x6.46x.93 in. .92 lbs.

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "McGuane returns to the territories of his novels (Some Horses, etc.) in this collection of stories set in Montana, Michigan and Florida. Most of the characters are older, divorced and still looking for attachment but without much hope of love. They are alcoholics (in 'Vicious Circle' and 'The Refugee'), junkies ('Northcoast'), low-grade ex-cons ('The Cowboy'), embezzlers ('Old Friends'), disconnected fathers ('The Zombie' and 'Aliens') and lackluster ordinary men. In the title story, an unnamed smalltimer sets out on a business trip down the winding Gallatin Canyon, Mont., road with his girlfriend, Louise. He conducts his business dealings with phony bluster and indecision, humiliating himself in the eyes of this woman he hopes to marry; things get worse from there. Any attempts these characters make to draw happiness back into their lives backfires clumsily, pushing it further from their grasp. McGuane's sentences still have a playful quality, but the prevailing dreariness ('I wish I could feel something,' exclaims Louise) is something other than inspiring. (July 11)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review A Day" by , "[E]normously satisfying....The tone is wry, strange, occasionally macabre, the prose clean and witty. McGuane is, of course, an enormously experienced writer, and it shows in confident, perfectly calibrated, almost slim stories in which not a word is out of place." (read the entire Esquire review)
"Review" by , "McGuane...is prized for his uncanny knack for uniting flinty humor...with classic landscape-inspired American lyricism, and he writes with particular intensity in these initially measured, then increasingly feverish, tales..."
"Review" by , "McGuane fully lives up to the Hemingwayesque tag that is often attached to his name....Highly recommended."
"Review" by , "[Q]uintessential McGuane."
"Review" by , "About half the stories in the collection...are excellent and half are decidedly mediocre....[C]ontains enough gems to satisfy the author's many fans — and perhaps win over a few new ones."
"Review" by , "McGuane has been dubbed a 'writer's writer' and these stories show why: With perfect pitch and impressive technical skill, he presents a darkly comic vision of American men..."
"Review" by , "[T]here are wisdom, humor and a wry resignation in McGuane's collection that will touch a nerve in most of his readers."
"Review" by , "[A]nything but predictable....[N]ot many writers are so adroit at both conjuring characters and giving them a voice....In Gallatin Canyon, McGuane navigates the human condition with skill and elegance."
"Review" by , "What keeps these stories from becoming depressing and unbearably painful is the sublime indifference of life..."
"Review" by , "Gallatin Canyon showcases McGuane's considerable talent for finding humor in awful situations."
"Synopsis" by , This superb collection of stories — his first in 20 years — is from one of the country's most acclaimed literary figures, whom the New York Times Book Review has called "a writer of the first magnitude."
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