(From the publisher):
The stories in Annie Proulx's new collection are peopled by characters who struggle with circumstances beyond their control in a kind of rural noir half-light. Trouble comes at them from unexpected angles, and they will themselves through it, hardheaded and resourceful. Bound by the land and by custom, they inhabit worlds that are often isolated, dangerous, and in Proulx's prose, vivid." In "What Kind of Furniture Would Jesus Pick?" rancher Gilbert Wolfscale, alienated from his sons, bewildered by his criminal ex-wife, gets shoved down his throat the fact that the old-style ranch life has gone. Several stories concern the eccentric denizens of Elk Tooth, a tiny hamlet where life revolves around three bars. Elk Toothers enter beard-growing contests, scrape together a living hauling hay, catch poachers in unorthodox ways. "Man Crawling Out of Trees" is about urban newcomers from the east and their discovery, too late, that one of them has violated the deepest ethics of the place. Above all, these stories are about the lives of rapidly disappearing rural Americans.
- The Hellhole
- The Indian Wars Refought
- The Trickle Down Effect
- What Kind of Furniture Would Jesus Pick?
- The Old Badger Game
- Men Crawling Out of Trees
- The Contest
- The Wamsutter Wolf
- Summer of the Hot Tubs
- Dump Junk
- Florida Rental
Original title: Bad Dirt: Wyoming Stories 2
Genre: Fiction→ General Fiction→ Rural & Small Town Life
Fiction→ General Fiction→ Regional Interest
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