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How Diamond Felts ended up in the mud

A.O. Scott: Annie Proulx

9 December 1999
Close Range: Wyoming Stories 
by Annie Proulx.
Fourth Estate, 318 pp., £12, June 1999, 1 85702 942 9
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... E. AnnieProulx was 56 years old when her first novel, Postcards, was published in 1991. Since then, she has made up for lost time. The Shipping News appeared in 1993, and snatched up the National Book Award, the ...

How to make seal-flipper pie

Janette Turner Hospital

10 February 1994
The Shipping News 
by E. Annie Proulx.
Fourth Estate, 337 pp., £14.99, November 1993, 9781857022056
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... Jacques Cartier, sailing under patronage of the French king in 1534, described what came to be Canada’s province of Newfoundland and Labrador. Cain is exactly the kind of character who interests AnnieProulx, and Cain’s home turf is the natural setting for her fiction. Cain more or less shows up, under the name of Loyal Blood, as the protagonist of her first novel Postcards. (Blood is a Vermont ...

Vinegar Pie

William Skidelsky: Annie Proulx

6 March 2003
That Old Ace in the Hole 
by Annie Proulx.
Fourth Estate, 361 pp., £17.99, January 2003, 0 00 715151 9
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... The Texas and Oklahoma panhandles are adjacent strips of high flat land sticking out across the base of the Great Plains. This overlooked territory is where AnnieProulx sets her fourth novel, a determinedly eccentric comedy about a dreamy 25-year-old called Bob Dollar. When he was eight, Bob’s parents moved to Alaska, leaving him on the doorstep of his Uncle Tam ...

Chop and Burn

Adam Mars-Jones: Annie Proulx

27 July 2016
Barkskins 
by Annie Proulx.
Fourth Estate, 717 pp., £18.99, June 2016, 978 0 00 723200 0
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... The ‘barkskins’​ of AnnieProulx’s huge and hugely unsatisfying novel should by rights be trees – things that have bark for skin – but she attaches the word to people who are involved with trees in whatever capacity ...

Dropping In for a While

Thomas Jones: Maile Meloy

2 December 2010
Both Ways Is the Only Way I Want It 
by Maile Meloy.
Canongate, 219 pp., £7.99, 9781847674166
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... allergic to it) as suddenly as she appeared. Short stories can often seem unduly coercive of both their characters and their readers, forcing them to jump through too many hoops in too little time. AnnieProulx, for example, to whose Wyoming tales some of Meloy’s Montana stories bear a superficial resemblance, can take too much relish in whipping her characters down unlikely paths of misfortune and ...

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