A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain: Stories

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Grove Press, 1992 - Fiction - 269 pages
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Robert Olen Butler's lyrical and poignant collection of stories about the aftermath of the Vietnam War and its impact on the Vietnamese was acclaimed by critics across the nation and won the Pulitzer Prize in 1993. Now Grove Press is proud to reissue this contemporary classic by one of America's most important living writers, in a new edition of A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain that includes two subsequently published stories -- "Salem" and "Missing" -- that brilliantly complete the collection's narrative journey, returning to the jungles of Vietnam.
  

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Poignant and lyrical prose. - Goodreads
Robert Olen Butler is a masterful writer. - Goodreads
Intro I have two copies of this book. - Goodreads
ROB's characterizations are dead-on. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Jessica - Goodreads

I was surprised to find that every story in this collection is about being a Vietnamese transplant to the US, specifically to New Orleans, particularly since the author is not Vietnamese. I was even ... Read full review

Review: A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain

User Review  - Kaela Zielinski - Goodreads

A very powerful read of short stories of Vietnamese people during and after the Vietnam war. No question why this was a Pulitzer Prize winner, the words in the stories flowed so beautifully. Not ... Read full review

Contents

OPEN ARMS
1
MR GREEN
17
THE TRIP BACK
29
FAIRY TALE
45
CRICKETS
59
LETTERS FROM MY FATHER
65
LOVE
73
MID AUTUMN
95
A GHOST STORY
111
SNOW
125
RELIC
137
PREPARATION
143
THE AMERICAN COUPLE
155
A GOOD SCENT FROM A STRANGE MOUNTAIN
235
SALEM
251
MISSING
261

IN THE CLEARING
103

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About the author (1992)

Robert Olen Butler is a novelist, screenwriter, educator, and short-story writer who grew up in Granite City, Illinois. Butler served in Vietnam. Following the Vietnam War, Butler began writing. His stories have appeared in The New Yorker, Esquire, The Paris Review, and The Saturday Review, as well as in four annual editions of the Best American Short Stories and six annual editions of New Stories of the South. A collection of his stories, A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain, won the 1993 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. Butler's novels include The Alleys of Eden, Countrymen of Bones, and Sun Dogs. He has received a Guggenheim Fellowship in fiction and a National Endowment for the Arts grant. Butler also won the Richard and Hinda Rosenthal Foundation Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He teaches creative writing at McNeese State University.

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