Close Range: Wyoming Stories

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Simon and Schuster, Feb 10, 2000 - Fiction - 285 pages
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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.

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Review: Wyoming Stories

User Review  - Mat Weddle - Goodreads

I particularly liked The Mud Below, Brokeback Mountain, and Job History. I really like the way she writes but man, these stories are just brutal. Makes me appreciate my easy life! Read full review

Review: Close Range (Wyoming Stories #1)

User Review  - Greg Hickey - Goodreads

At the start of the 2004 film Crash, one character opines "In LA, nobody touches you. We're always behind this metal and glass. I think we miss that touch so much, that we crash into each other, just ... Read full review

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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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About the author (2000)

Annie Proulx has held NEA and Guggenheim Fellowships and residences at Ucross Foundation in Wyoming. Her first short story collection, Heart Songs and Other Stories, appeared in 1988, followed in 1992 by Postcards, which won the 1993 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction. The 1993 novel The Shipping News won the Chicago Tribune's Heartland Award, the Irish Times International Fiction Prize, the National Book Award, and the Pulitzer Prize. Accordion Crimes, Proulx's most recent novel, was published in June 1996.

She began working on the stories collected in Close Range in 1997. "The Half-Skinned Steer" was selected by Garrison Keillor for inclusion in The Best American Short Stories 1998 and by John Updike for The Best American Short Stories of the Century. "Brokeback Mountain" won a 1998 O. Henry Short Story Award and a National Magazine Award through its publication in The New Yorker.

Annie Proulx lives in Wyoming, but spends much of the year traveling North America.

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