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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"I'd lost a whole country and I didn't give it a thought. Vng Tu was a beautiful city, and if I put my face into the wind, I could see nothing of it clearly, not its shaded streets or its white-sand ... Read full review

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A Pulitzer Prize winning collection of stories told from the view of Vietnamese characters, most of them re-settled in the New Orleans area after the war. The stories are peopled with an old man at ... 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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