Synopses & Reviews
From Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award winner Annie Proulx comes That Old Ace in the Hole, an exhilarating story brimming with language, history, landscape, music, and love.
Bob Dollar is a young man from Denver trying to make good in a bad world. Out of college and aimless, Dollar takes a job with Global Pork Rind, scouting out big spreads of land that can be converted to hog farms. Soon he's holed up in a two-bit Texas town called Woolybucket, where he settles into LaVon Fronk's old bunkhouse for fifty dollars a month, helps out at Cy Frease's Old Dog Cafe, and learns the hard way how vigorously the old Texas ranch owners will hold on to their land, even when their children want no part of it.
Robust, often bawdy, strikingly original, That Old Ace in the Hole traces the waves of change that have shaped the American West over the past century -- and in Bob Dollar, Proulx has created one of the most irrepressible characters in contemporary fiction.
Major new novel from Annie Proulx, now in paperback. Huge consumer campaign to back publication including nationwide outdoor, underground and broadsheet advertising. Lead paperback review coverage assured for this hugely popular author. The story of one man's struggle to make good in the inhospitable ranch country of the Texas panhandle. 750,000 copies of "The Shipping News" sold in paperback. "An absolute corker of a novel which manages the dual feat of being a serious satire on the evils of global capitalism, and a personal comedy of Dickensian dimensions" A N Wilson *Also appeared in Sept 2003 Buyer's Notes*