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Heart Songs and Other Stories

Heart Songs and Other Stories
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Before she wrote her Pulitzer Prize-winning bestseller The Shipping News, E. Annie Proulx was already producing some of the finest short fiction in the country. Here are her collected stories, including two new works never before anthologized.

These stories reverberate with rural tradition, the rites of nature, and the rituals of small-town life. The country is blue-collar New England; the characters are native families and the dispossessed working class, whose heritage is challenged by the neorural bourgeoisie from the city; and the themes are as elemental as the landscape: revenge, malice, greed, passion. Told with skill and profundity and crafted by a master storyteller, these are lean, tough tales of an extraordinary place and its people.

Elaine Kendall Los Angeles Times Proulx doesn't merely tell her stories or participate in them, but convinces you with every word....You'd have every right to expect that a Hemingway disciple wrote these remarkable stories about life in the Northeastern granite country.
Kenneth Rose The New York Times Book Review Compelling...their sometimes enigmatic, often lyrical images seem to complement New England's lavish but barren beauty.
Wendy Smith Cleveland Plain Dealer Proulx beautifully evokes the unchanging rhythms of country existence with a deep appreciation for life lived close to the earth....Her prose is supple, strong, and filled with striking images.
Los Angeles Times, August 31, 2009
...the music of a novel remains entirely imagined, it can have even more power. The title story of Annie Proulx's collection "Heart Songs and Other Stories," documents a musician's obsession with the elusive, unknowable qualities of a musical ...