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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Claire Vaye Watkins Narrator: Ali Ahn, Morgan Hallett, Mozhan Marnò, Laura Knight Keating, Kevin Orton, T. Ryder Smith, Tom Stechschulte, various narrators Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Like the work of Cormac McCarthy, Denis Johnson, Richard Ford, and Annie Proulx, Battleborn represents a near-perfect confluence of sensibility and setting, and the introduction of an exceptionally powerful and original literary voice. In each of these ten unforgettable stories, Claire Vaye Watkins writes her way fearlessly into the mythology of the American West, utterly reimagining it. Her characters orbit around the region’s vast spaces, winning redemption despite—and often because of—the hardship and violence they endure. The arrival of a foreigner transforms the exchange of eroticism and emotion at a prostitution ranch. A prospecting hermit discovers the limits of his rugged individualism when he tries to rescue an abused teenager. Decades after she led her best friend into a degrading encounter in a Vegas hotel room, a woman feels the aftershock. Most bravely of all, Watkins takes on—and reinvents—her own troubled legacy in a story that emerges from the mayhem and destruction of Helter Skelter. From the sweeping and sublime to the minute and personal, from Gold Rush to ghost town to desert to brothel, the collection echoes not only in its title but also in its fierce, undefeated spirit the motto of her home state.

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  • “This evocative collection of short stories draws deep on the mythos of the Southwest. The shame, isolation, and violence of Watkins’ beautifully rendered characters match perfectly the grievous landscapes in which they are set…Essential listening for Western fans, especially those who enjoy literary fiction, but very enjoyable for others, too.”

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About the Narrator

Laura Knight Keating is an actress who has appeared on stage, in films, and on television shows including Boardwalk Empire, Hope and Faith, and Lipstick Jungle.