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From the Pulitzer Prize-winning and bestselling author of The Shipping News and Accordion Crimes comes one of the most celebrated short story collections of our time.

Annie Proulx's masterful language and fierce love of Wyoming are evident in these breathtaking tales of loneliness, quick violence, and the wrong kinds of love. Each of the stunning portraits in Close Range reveals characters fiercely wrought with precision and grace.

These are stories of desperation and unlikely elation, set in a landscape both stark and magnificent — by an author writing at the peak of her craft.

About the Author

Annie Proulx is the author of eight books, including the novel The Shipping News and the story collection Close Range. Her many honors include a Pulitzer Prize, a National Book Award, the Irish Times International Fiction Prize, and a PEN/Faulkner award. Her story “Brokeback Mountain,” which originally appeared in The New Yorker, was made into an Academy Award-winning film. Her most recent book is Fine Just the Way It Is. She lives in Wyoming.

Table of Contents


The Half-Skinned Steer

The Mud Below

Job History

The Blood Bay

People in Hell Just Want a Drink of Water

The Bunchgrass Edge of the World

Pair a Spurs

A Lonely Coast

The Governors of Wyoming

55 Miles to the Gas Pump

Brokeback Mountain

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Margie, April 14, 2015 (view all comments by Margie)
I am not sure what all the hoopla is for this author. After the first story, I wanted to stop reading the book but am one of those people who had to read it all. Her wordy descriptions made me think of writing an essay where you had to have at least 1000 words before the teacher would accept it. Instead of stories, I felt like she was simply giving descriptions. I assume she is writing for the so called "intellectual" and though I am not stupid, when reading fiction I like stories with content and an ending. You know, old school. So many of her stories were just left hanging. In other words, I am glad I got this book for a buck at a library sale and did not waste more money on it.
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dosgatosazules, September 1, 2006 (view all comments by dosgatosazules)
Most people will buy this book for "Brokeback Mountain", its final story. For that story alone, this book is worth its price; the writing is spare and epic and beautiful. Proulx has achieved something rare among the writers I have encountered (other than maybe Toni Morrison or Cormac McCarthy): a distinctive cadence. Her tone, the imagery, and the actual rythym of the words themselves are unique to her and match perfectly the setting and characters.

The book has several standouts; in addition to "Brokeback Mountain", "Job History" is another gem about the life of a Wyoming farmer and his wife, told in journalistic snippets of their catastrophes. My only quarrel might be that I found no story to equal Brokeback Mountain (I realize "The Half-Skinned Steer" has also been showered with praise, but I couldn't get into it after several tries) but they're all unique and possessed of Proulx's singular voice.
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Product Details

Proulx, Annie
Scribner Book Company
Prouix, Annie
Proulx, E. Annie
New York, NY :
Short Stories (single author)
Frontier and pioneer life
Ranch life
General Fiction
General Fiction
Frontier and pioneer life -- Wyoming.
Ranch life -- Wyoming.
Literature-A to Z
Wyoming; fiction; gay; gay fiction; gay cowboy; Matthew Shepard; Academy Award; Heath Ledger; Michelle Williams; Anne Hathaway; Pulitzer Prize; PEN Faulkner Award; Brokeback Mountain; Shipping News; National Book Award; New Yorker; American West; E. Annie
Wyoming; fiction; gay; gay fiction; gay cowboy; Matthew Shepard; Academy Award; Heath Ledger; Michelle Williams; Anne Hathaway; Pulitzer Prize; PEN Faulkner Award; Brokeback Mountain; Shipping News; National Book Award; New Yorker; American West; E. Annie
Edition Description:
Publication Date:
February 10, 2000
Grade Level:
8 x 5.25 in 8.54 oz

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