Synopses & Reviews
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.
"A vigorous second collection....Gritty, authoritative stories of loving, losing, and bearing the consequences. Nobody else writes like this, and Proulx has never written better." Kirkus Reviews
"Everything in her work attests to long practice of keen observation, a hoarding of images and facts, and the painstaking perfection of a craft which allows her to address the most pungent and raw subject matter in a style remarkable not just for vigor but for delicacy and finesse....The best [of these stories] carry with them the present and the past of America, enfolded like twins in the womb." New York Review of Books
"Of the eleven tales that make up Close Range...seven or eight are merely very good, and at least three are off the scale....Proulx has something in common [with Willa Cather], not least her raptness before a high-plains dawn...and a vatic sense the staple of pastoral that people are bound by their early memories; that there is no migration without the fugitive promise of homecoming." Times Literary Supplement
"Very little pays off for the ranchers and farmers who populate this uncompromising collection....Proulx's genius is to explore this losing proposition with such humor and imaginative force that it comes to seem closer to the truth of things than almost anything else." New Yorker