Annie Proulx

Annie Proulx is an American novelist, short story writer, and journalist. She is best known for her Pulitzer Prize-winning novel 'The Shipping News' and her short story 'Brokeback Mountain,' which was adapted into an Academy Award-winning film.


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  1. 1. The Shipping News

    The novel follows the story of a depressed and overweight man who moves with his two daughters to his ancestral home in Newfoundland, Canada, after his unfaithful wife dies in a car accident. There, he begins to rebuild his life, working as a reporter for the local newspaper, The Shipping News, and learning about the harsh realities of the fishing industry. As he delves into his family's history, he begins to find a sense of belonging and a new love. The story explores themes of family, identity, and the power of place.

    The 477th Greatest Book of All Time
  2. 2. Close Range: Wyoming Stories

    "Close Range: Wyoming Stories" is a collection of short stories that depict the harsh, rugged life in Wyoming. The book portrays the lives of various characters, from ranchers to rodeo cowboys, who are struggling with poverty, loneliness, and the harsh physical environment. The stories are characterized by a strong sense of place, dark humor, and vivid descriptions of the western landscape. The characters' struggles with their harsh environment and personal demons create a poignant and often tragic portrait of life in the American West.

    The 4640th Greatest Book of All Time
  3. 3. Fine Just the Way It Is

    "Fine Just the Way It Is" is a collection of nine short stories that explore the harsh and often brutal realities of life in Wyoming. The tales delve into the lives of a range of characters, from ranchers to rodeo cowboys, and their struggles with the harsh environment, economic hardship, and personal demons. The stories are marked by the author's characteristic dark humor and vivid descriptions of the American West, offering a stark, unromanticized portrayal of life on the frontier.

    The 7965th Greatest Book of All Time
  4. 4. Postcards

    "Postcards" is a novel about the hardships and struggles of the Blood family, who live in rural New England. After accidentally killing his girlfriend, the eldest son, Loyal, flees the family farm, sending postcards to his family as he travels across the country. Each postcard triggers a new chapter of the story, revealing the challenges and changes each family member experiences. The novel explores themes of guilt, loss, change, and the harsh realities of rural life.

    The 10908th Greatest Book of All Time