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Heart Songs and Other Stories (original 1988; edition 1995)

by Annie Proulx

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Title:Heart Songs and Other Stories
Authors:Annie Proulx
Info:Scribner (1995), Paperback, 224 pages
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Heart Songs : and other stories by Annie Proulx (1988)

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These stories are well crafted, with wonderful characterisation, and fantastic descriptions, but I can't say I really liked them. On the whole they are about unhappy people, most with unhappy relationships, some end oddly, and all made me feel rather gloomy. If they weren't so well written, and original, I would have given it a much lower rating. They are great examples of good writing, but not something to cosy up with and enjoy. ( )
  AngelaJMaher | Jun 19, 2018 |
Proulx evokes the unchanging rhythms of country life with a deep appreciation of life lived close to the earth.
  PendleHillLibrary | Mar 2, 2017 |
Short stories about blue-collar New England. Well written. ( )
  FoxTribeMama | Oct 1, 2016 |
A very warm, soul-filling collection. I like the dark tales of rural living. My favorites were "Heart Songs," "Stone City," and "Wer-Trout." Her writing is very subdued, delivering powerful emotions and ravaging her characters in simple, subtle verse. My favorite of the stories seem to glow with portentous meaning, as if a monster is swimming about the characters just under the surface, pulling them under as they cling desperately to their failing grip on rationality. ( )
  Victor_A_Davis | Sep 18, 2015 |
This book of short stories, set in New England, is bleak. Set in the country, mostly among those who have little by way of dreams, aspirations, or money, the tales were harsh and left me without resolution.

The strong point of the stories is the descriptive ability of the author. She is able to summon a picture of a place, a time, or a type of person very deftly. ( )
  wareagle78 | Mar 22, 2014 |
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Lew Nichols, who knows how it is
Glen Carlson, for long-distance crystals
John Hewitt, for his stories
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Hawkheel's face was a finely wrinkled as grass-dried linen, his thin back bent like a branch weighted with snow.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0020360754, Paperback)

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.

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Reissued to coincide with the release of her new novel 'That Old Ace in the Hole', Annie Proulx's highly acclaimed collection of short stories set in the great outdoors of New England. 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 country life 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.… (more)

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