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Wyoming Stories
Proulx, Annie (Book - 2003 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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A collection of stories set in Wyoming. They range from The Mud Below, on an itinerant rodeo cowboy, to People in Hell Just Want a Drink of Water, which is on a family feud.
Authors: Proulx, Annie
Title: Close range
Wyoming stories
Publisher: New York, NY : Scribner, 2003, c1999
Edition: 1st Scribner trade paperback ed
Characteristics: 285 p. ;,21 cm.
Statement of Responsibility: Annie Proulx
Contents: The half-skinned steer
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
Summary: A collection of stories set in Wyoming. They range from The Mud Below, on an itinerant rodeo cowboy, to People in Hell Just Want a Drink of Water, which is on a family feud.
ISBN: 9780684852225
0684852225
Branch Call Number: FICTION PROULX 2003
Subject Headings: Ranch life Fiction Frontier and pioneer life Fiction Wyoming Social life and customs Fiction
Topical Term: Ranch life
Frontier and pioneer life
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Eleven stories set in roughhewn Wyoming that one narrator calls a ''97,000-square-miles dog's breakfast of outside exploiters, Republican ranchers and scenery.''

A collection of stories set in Wyoming. They range from The Mud Below, on an itinerant rodeo cowboy, to People in Hell Just Want a Drink of Water, which is on a family feud.


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I never read westerns, but Proulx's expertise is worth reading in any genre. Tight writing.

Nov 13, 2009
  • wendybird rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

I rarely get through a Proulx title without remarking, "man, how do you get to write like that?",This collection of gritty, near perfect tales elicits that same reaction. I can't think of anyone better at drawing the fine details of a particular region & its infinitely compelling "characters." This slim volume spawned an Academy Award winning film ("Brokeback Mountain"), and an O.Henry award, plus inclusion in John Updike's Best American Short Stories of the Century ("Half-Skinned Steer").

Dec 06, 2007
  • Cabby rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Finalist of the 2000 Pulitzer prize for fiction.

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