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Close Range by Annie Proulx
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Jun 14, 2007

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bookshelves: shortstories, queerlit, american-lit

Should actually be subtitled "Why Not to Live in Wyoming." Seriously, this is one of the most depressing collections of short stories I've ever encountered. Which is not to say they're not good, just that I'd kind of like to challenge Proulx to write a bit of light comedy or something.

"Brokeback Mountain" is the best, and I actually find the story much more evocative and powerful than the film. (Not that Jake Gyllenhaal and Heath Ledger making out is anything to sneeze at, mind.) Still, I'm glad I got a copy pre- tie-in cover and title change. I'm shallow, and I really hate that.
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Danielle I lived in Wyoming for four years, and let me tell you it was NOTHING like the life Proulx portrays in Close Range. People there are a good deal nicer and not as homophobic as Proulx seems to think they are (when Matthew Shepard was killed, people in my town prayed for his family). Don't believe me, visit.

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