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Editor’s Note

“Unsparing Stories…”

Stark prose & mordant wit fill these tales of grizzled ranchers, broken cowboys & doomed lovers in the Wyoming backcountry.
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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.

Topics: Wyoming, American West, Rural, Short stories, Gritty, Cowboys, Female Author, Spare, and Violent

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ISBN: 9781416588894
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It's not that these stories aren't beautifully written. It's just that the whole thinng is unrelentingly cruel, hard, and ugly, and while I know life can be that way, there isn't the slightest glimmer of that beauty that life hands up every once in awhile, even in brutal, poor-ass Wyoming, that keeps you wanting to stay alive a little longer. My soul feels sandpapered.
This is the compilation that contains "Brokeback Mountain". I think that's the best story in here, but I've always found it flawed because of the pivotal scene of discovery by the wife - for FIVE years they've been going on "fishing" trips, but have never ONCE used the fishing gear?!? C'mon, you can only f**k so many times a day, & in between you're in some gorgeous fishing land. Problematic.more
I enjoyed some of this collection. Proulx's style, as always, takes a bit to 'work' with my brain. and yet there is a relative simplicity to Brokeback Mountain that makes it seem like a separate world from the other stories. Or at least a separate narrator.

still, Proulx continues to fascinate me and I will probably pick up the sequel collection.more
Short stories about harsh life in the American West. Beautiful and devastating, like most of Proulx’s work.more
Close Range is a collection of short stories set in Wyoming. These stories feature very powerful prose, but there is so much bleakness, meanness, and violence that I really didn't enjoy it. These are not the soft-spoken, chivalrous cowboys that I know and admire.more
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It's not that these stories aren't beautifully written. It's just that the whole thinng is unrelentingly cruel, hard, and ugly, and while I know life can be that way, there isn't the slightest glimmer of that beauty that life hands up every once in awhile, even in brutal, poor-ass Wyoming, that keeps you wanting to stay alive a little longer. My soul feels sandpapered.
This is the compilation that contains "Brokeback Mountain". I think that's the best story in here, but I've always found it flawed because of the pivotal scene of discovery by the wife - for FIVE years they've been going on "fishing" trips, but have never ONCE used the fishing gear?!? C'mon, you can only f**k so many times a day, & in between you're in some gorgeous fishing land. Problematic.more
I enjoyed some of this collection. Proulx's style, as always, takes a bit to 'work' with my brain. and yet there is a relative simplicity to Brokeback Mountain that makes it seem like a separate world from the other stories. Or at least a separate narrator.

still, Proulx continues to fascinate me and I will probably pick up the sequel collection.more
Short stories about harsh life in the American West. Beautiful and devastating, like most of Proulx’s work.more
Close Range is a collection of short stories set in Wyoming. These stories feature very powerful prose, but there is so much bleakness, meanness, and violence that I really didn't enjoy it. These are not the soft-spoken, chivalrous cowboys that I know and admire.more
Wyoming stories about poor ranchers. Beautifully written, but 200 pages about loveless and hopeless lives, failure, poverty, cruelty etc. and the same message ("What's the point?") every time , gets a bit too much for me. My husband loved it though.more
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