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Fine Just the Way it Is by Annie Proulx
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Sep 13, 09

Read in September, 2009

The stories collected here are hit or miss. I really enjoy her tales of the hardscrabble life on the prairie, but a couple of the stories had me rolling my eyes, as they seemed to belong in a Stephen King collection instead. Aside from that, her characters are vividly drawn, as if she were eavesdropping on her neighbors in Wyoming. And she has a keen skill for describing the flat land, the endless sky and the cruel weather on the plains. A couple of the stories seemed a little rushed, as though she were skipping over the boring details to get the tragic ending. And no one does a tragic ending better than Annie Proulx. But when she takes her time, her attention to those little details make her stories worth reading.

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