Fine Just the Way It Is
Fine Just the Way It Is
Wyoming Stories 3
Scribner Book Company, Paperback, 9781416571674, 221pp.
Publication Date: September 8, 2009
Winner of two O. Henry Prizes, Annie Proulx has been anthologized in nearly every major collection of great American stories. Her bold, inimitable language, her exhilarating eye for detail, her dark sense of humor, and her compassion inform this profoundly compelling collection of stories.
Proulx creates a fierce, visceral panorama of American folly and fate in these nine dazzling stories about multiple generations of Americans struggling through life in the West. Each character is a pioneer of a sort--some are billionaires, some are escapists, and some just think the rest of the country has it wrong. Deeply sympathetic to the men and women fighting to survive in this harsh place, Proulx turns their lives into fiction with the power of myth, leaving the reader in awe.
"[Fine Just the Way It Is] bears Proulx's brand of hard drama, hard irony, hard weather and hard and soft characters blown about and many times destroyed by the powerful mix..... She writes like a demon." -- Ron Carlson, The New York Times Book Review
"Vivid.... In the tour de force finale ... we see the method in Proulx's genius, where he enchanting description, unparalleled sentence structure, and unwavering insight combine to reveal both the coldest and most resilient recesses of the human heart." -- Pam Houston, O, the Oprah Magazine
"Astonishing.... 'Tits-up in a Ditch' breaks new literary ground with the gut-wrenching tale of an Iraq veteran who returns to her family raw with grief... unforgettable characters." -- Publishers Weekly, starred review
"[Fine Just the Way It Is] takes gigantic steps toward securing Proulx's position as one of the most inventive yet, at the same time, traditional story writers working today." -- Booklist, starred review
"Deliciously macabre stories....A must for fans." -- People, 3 1/2 stars
"[Proulx] shows without mincing words that the present-day West is every bit as inhumane and vengeful as it was way back when... Excellent and original...." -- Kate Christensen, Elle
"Nine unforgettable stories.... [An] assured and unnerving collection." -- Connie Ogle, Miami Herald
"'Tits-Up in a Ditch' ... rivals Proulx's famous 'Brokeback Mountain' in the tender-tough emotional trajectory it explores." -- Michael Upchurch, Seattle Times
"Proulx writes with clear-eyed, ironic affection about life in the real West, not the sentimental version.... Breathtaking." -- Colette Bancroft, St. Petersburg Times
"Brilliant." -- Associated Press