Publication Date: January 4, 2011
Part family history, part naturalist’s journal—and her first work of nonfiction in more than twenty years— Bird Cloud is Annie Proulx’s vivid chronicle of building a house on a spectacularly beautiful piece of land in Wyoming.
Idiosyncratic, original, and spectacularly vivid, Bird Cloud was conceived as a book about building a house and then became a family history, an archaeology of the Wyoming landscape, and as close to memoir as Annie Proulx will ever get. A half dozen years ago, Proulx fell in love with 600 acres being sold by The Nature Conservancy of Wyoming. Grazing land plunged down a 400-foot cliff to the North Platte River. The property was home to bald eagles, mountain lions, and cranes.
Interspersed with tales of construction and the stunning wildlife at Bird Cloud is family history going back to a great-great grandfather who was a river boat captain in the west in the mid-nineteenth century—a kindred spirit, it seems, who met Lafayette, Audubon, and Mark Twain.
Bird Cloud will be an opportunity for reviewers and listeners to see what Annie Proulx is made of, where she comes from, how her magnificent mind works, and why she writes so brilliantly.
Annie Proulx is the author of eight books, including the novel The Shipping News and the story collection Close Range. Her many honors include a Pulitzer Prize, a National Book Award, the Irish Times International Fiction Prize, and a PEN/Faulkner award. Her story “Brokeback Mountain,” which originally appeared in The New Yorker, was made into an Academy Award-winning film. Her most recent book is Fine Just the Way It Is. She lives in Wyoming.
“With every word on the page, Proulx pays homage to a rugged and magnificent Wyoming place—as well as to its surroundings, history, topography, geology and animals…. Proulx shares a part of her soul with the publication of Bird Cloud…. Beautiful and profound.”--Buffalo News
“Gorgeous descriptions… Unforgettable anecdotes.”—Alexandra Fuller, New York Times Book Review
“Annie Proulx has a wit as sharp as the winter winds of Wyoming.”—Bob Minzesheimer, USA Today