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ISBN13: 9781594631450
ISBN10: 159463145x
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Winner of the 2012 Story Prize

Recipient of the 2012 American Academy of Arts and Letters Rosenthal Foundation Award

A National Book Foundation "5 Under 35" fiction writer of 2012

Like the work of Cormac McCarthy, Denis Johnson, Richard Ford, and Annie Proulx, Battleborn represents a near-perfect confluence of sensibility and setting, and the introduction of an exceptionally powerful and original literary voice. In each of these ten unforgettable stories, Claire Vaye Watkins writes her way fearlessly into the mythology of the American West, utterly reimagining it. Her characters orbit around the region's vast spaces, winning redemption despite — and often because of — the hardship and violence they endure. The arrival of a foreigner transforms the exchange of eroticism and emotion at a prostitution ranch. A prospecting hermit discovers the limits of his rugged individualism when he tries to rescue an abused teenager. Decades after she led her best friend into a degrading encounter in a Vegas hotel room, a woman feels the aftershock.

Most bravely of all, Watkins takes on — and reinvents — her own troubled legacy in a story that emerges from the mayhem and destruction of Helter Skelter. Arcing from the sweeping and sublime to the minute and personal, from Gold Rush to ghost town to desert to brothel, the collection echoes not only in its title but also in its fierce, undefeated spirit the motto of her home state.

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“A real treat….Through remarkably assured writing that manages to be both bristly and brittle, Watkins chronicles despair and loneliness, catalogs valiant fights for survival and desperate please to be heard, and every time has us rooting for her underdogs.” San Francisco Chronicle

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“Dazzling.” O, The Oprah Magazine

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“Although individual stories stand alone, together they tell the tale of a place, and of the population that thrives and perishes therein….The historical sits comfortably alongside the contemporary and the factual nicely supplements the fictional….Readers will share in the environs of the author and her characters, be taken into the hardship of a pitiless place and emerge on the other side — wiser, warier and weathered like the landscape.” Antonya Nelson, The New York Times Book Review

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"The most captivating voice to come out of the West since Annie Proulx — though it's too early Joan Didion that [Watkins] bears comparison for her arid humor and cut-to-the-chase knowingness." Vogue

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"Absorbing…[Battleborn's] true setting is a Faulknerian desert of the heart, where the soil is cursed by its precious metals and ones personal history can be just as toxic. Clear-eyed and nimble in parsing the lives of her Westerners, one of Watkins's strengths is not dodging that the simple fact that love can be tragic, involving, as it does, humans so flawed, so often tender and yet incapable.” The Boston Globe

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“A powerful new voice that deserves recognition… [Watkins maps] a regional portrait while pausing for detailed sketches, with a strong perspective that blends the romanticized past of Larry McMurtry, heartbreaking characters of Annie Proulx, and bleak timeless landscapes of Cormac McCarthy.” The Onion AV Club

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"The people in Battleborn…aren't characters in stories, but human beings perpetually yearning for warmth….Entering the varied lives is akin to watching a tightrope walker high overhead, moving with steady confidence without a net….Watkins writes with precision and care, the sentences themselves as surprising as the events, the dialogue, and the spare description….There is a purity to the prose that is a constant pleasure to read….There is great originality in these narratives….But the generosity and personal sacrifices of the people are as universal as the stars at night." Publishers Weekly (starred review)

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“As grounded as they are in real places, the stories are fictions, crafted with the skill of an artisan, working from the starting points of Mary Gaitskill and Aimee Bender.” Los Angeles Times

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“Gloriously vivid stories about the human heart.” Kirkus

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"Readers...will find much to admire in this arresting collection, which one hopes is merely the first stop along the way for a writer who deserves a sustained literary life." Library Journal (starred review)

Review:

"What distinguishes Watkins' work…is her command of time. Nearly all the stories are set in the present, but her characters constantly live with aftereffects of the past. They're not simply 'scarred' by history; they're irradiated by it, queasily lit from within.” Minneapolis Star-Tribune

About the Author

Claire Vaye Watkins is the author of Battleborn, winner of the Story Prize, the Rosenthal Family Foundation Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and a Silver Pen Award from the Nevada Writers Hall of Fame. Battleborn was named a Best Book of 2012 by the San Francisco Chronicle, Boston Globe, Time Out New York, and Flavorwire, and a Best Short Story Collection by NPR.org. In 2012, the National Book Foundation named Claire one of the 5 Best Writers Under 35. Her stories and essays have appeared in Granta, One Story, The Paris Review, Ploughshares, Glimmer Train, Best of the West 2011Best of the Southwest 2013, and elsewhere. A graduate of the University of Nevada Reno and the Ohio State University, Claire has received fellowships from the Writers Conferences at Sewanee and Bread Loaf. An assistant professor at Bucknell University, Claire is also the co-director, with Derek Palacio, of the Mojave School, a free creative writing workshop for teenagers in rural Nevada.

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Elizabeth Findley, February 17, 2014 (view all comments by Elizabeth Findley)
I've read this book twice already, and it's both haunting and funny and captures the wide-open desolation and beauty of the desert and the sparsely populated towns in it. The voice is so real, but just dark enough that you identify with it. Favorite recent work of short stories, hands down.
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Mathew Rose, January 30, 2013 (view all comments by Mathew Rose)
On of the best short story collections published this past year.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781594631450
Author:
Watkins, Claire Vaye
Publisher:
Riverhead Trade
Subject:
Stories (single author)
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
20130806
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
8 x 5.13 in 1 lb
Age Level:
from 18

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Product details 304 pages Riverhead Trade - English 9781594631450 Reviews:
"Review" by , “A real treat….Through remarkably assured writing that manages to be both bristly and brittle, Watkins chronicles despair and loneliness, catalogs valiant fights for survival and desperate please to be heard, and every time has us rooting for her underdogs.”
"Review" by , “Dazzling.”
"Review" by , “Although individual stories stand alone, together they tell the tale of a place, and of the population that thrives and perishes therein….The historical sits comfortably alongside the contemporary and the factual nicely supplements the fictional….Readers will share in the environs of the author and her characters, be taken into the hardship of a pitiless place and emerge on the other side — wiser, warier and weathered like the landscape.”
"Review" by , "The most captivating voice to come out of the West since Annie Proulx — though it's too early Joan Didion that [Watkins] bears comparison for her arid humor and cut-to-the-chase knowingness."
"Review" by , "Absorbing…[Battleborn's] true setting is a Faulknerian desert of the heart, where the soil is cursed by its precious metals and ones personal history can be just as toxic. Clear-eyed and nimble in parsing the lives of her Westerners, one of Watkins's strengths is not dodging that the simple fact that love can be tragic, involving, as it does, humans so flawed, so often tender and yet incapable.”
"Review" by , “A powerful new voice that deserves recognition… [Watkins maps] a regional portrait while pausing for detailed sketches, with a strong perspective that blends the romanticized past of Larry McMurtry, heartbreaking characters of Annie Proulx, and bleak timeless landscapes of Cormac McCarthy.”
"Review" by , "The people in Battleborn…aren't characters in stories, but human beings perpetually yearning for warmth….Entering the varied lives is akin to watching a tightrope walker high overhead, moving with steady confidence without a net….Watkins writes with precision and care, the sentences themselves as surprising as the events, the dialogue, and the spare description….There is a purity to the prose that is a constant pleasure to read….There is great originality in these narratives….But the generosity and personal sacrifices of the people are as universal as the stars at night."
"Review" by , “As grounded as they are in real places, the stories are fictions, crafted with the skill of an artisan, working from the starting points of Mary Gaitskill and Aimee Bender.”
"Review" by , “Gloriously vivid stories about the human heart.”
"Review" by , "Readers...will find much to admire in this arresting collection, which one hopes is merely the first stop along the way for a writer who deserves a sustained literary life."
"Review" by , "What distinguishes Watkins' work…is her command of time. Nearly all the stories are set in the present, but her characters constantly live with aftereffects of the past. They're not simply 'scarred' by history; they're irradiated by it, queasily lit from within.”
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