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Heart Songs by Annie Proulx
  

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Heart Songs by Annie Proulx

A highly acclaimed collection of short stories set in the great outdoors of New England, by the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of `The Shipping News' and `Brokeback Mountain'.Just outside town, beyond the drugstore and the diner, there's another world - a wilderness - waiting to be explored. On the high, wooded hillsides there are deer to be stalked; far upriver there are quiet pools of trout, and grouse to be shot and traplines to be laid for fur. In the far-flung settlements of New England, life revolves around hunting.Whether they are yuppies from the town who think that country life is improving or natives who know all too well that it isn't, the men and women of these stories are all hunting for something better - though getting by at all is hard enough. These are men and women who live, love and lose; men and women who fall apart and who pick up the pieces, who dream useless dreams and go on dreaming whatever the disappointments.Tough and tender and irresistibly humorous, this unforgettable book takes its reader on a trail through the great outdoors to the innermost places of the heart.

Reviews

`Proulx is at home in natural surroundings; her gift for description is both taut and unlavish and she shows the true countryman's respect for hunter and hunted alike. Her people are alive; the domestic detail as sharply defined as in a Dutch genre painting.
Evening Standard

`The distinguishing ingredient that makes Proulx such a tonic is her passion for language...Her descriptive skill is both intriguing and economical.
Independent on Sunday

`Proulx's descriptive power is such that when you're not laughing or cringing, you're gasping with envy.
Independent

`Proulx's prose is monumental.
Observer

`America's most impressive new novelist...matchlessly capturing the rewards and rigours of life in the rural remoteness of America's far north-east, the stories in Heart Songs focus on characters almost elementally close to harsh landscapes and hard ways of life.
Sunday Times

About the Author

Annie Proulx

Annie Proulx is the author of eight books, including the novel The Shipping News and the story collection Close Range. Her many honours include a Pulitzer Prize, a National Book Award, the Irish Times International Fiction Prize, and a PEN/Faulkner award. Her story Brokeback Mountain, which originally appeared in The New Yorker, was made into an Academy Award-winning film. She lives in Seattle

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Publication date

1st March 1996

Author

Annie Proulx

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Publisher

Fourth Estate Ltd an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers

Format

Paperback
192 pages

Categories

Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
Short stories

ISBN

9781857024043

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