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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (7,057 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Annie Proulx Narrator: Bruce Greenwood, Campbell Scott, Francis Fisher Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Annie Proulx’s masterful language and fierce love of Wyoming are evident in this collection of stories about loneliness, quick violence, and wrong kinds of love. In “The Mud Below,” a rodeo rider’s obsession marks the deepening fissures between his family life and self-imposed isolation. In “The Half-Skinned Steer,” an elderly fool drives west to the ranch he grew up on for his brother’s funeral, and dies a mile from home. In “Brokeback Mountain,” the difficult affair between two cowboys survives everything but the world’s violent intolerance.

These are stories of desperation, hard times, and unlikely elation, set in a landscape both brutal and magnificent. Enlivened by folk tales, flights of fancy, and details of ranch and rural work, they juxtapose Wyoming’s traditional character and attitudes—confrontation of tough problems, prejudice, persistence in the face of difficulty—with the more benign values of the new west.

Stories in Close Range have appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly, Harper’s, and GQ. They have been selected for the O. Henry Stories 1998 and The Best American Short Stories of the Century and have won the National Magazine Award for Fiction. This is work by an author writing at the peak of her craft.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Geography, splendid and terrible, is a tutelary deity to the characters in Close Range. Their lives are futile uphill struggles conducted as a downhill, out-of-control tearaway. Proulx writes of them in a prose that is violent and impacted and mastered just at the point where, having gone all the way to the edge, it is about to go over.”  

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Powerful…Read [the stories] for their absolute authenticity and their language, a wry poetry of loneliness and pain.” 

    New York Times

  • “Few writers feel equally at home in the novel and the short story… [these stories] are tough as flint and on occasion breathtaking; together they stand with Proulx’s best work.” 

    Boston Globe

  • “As she rips away our romantic notions of the West, Proulx asks how capable any of us are of outrunning our origins. Her fatalistic answer, in these stories, adds up to some breathtaking reading.” 


  • A 2000 Pulitzer Prize Finalist for Fiction
  • Winner of the 2000 Ambassador Book Award for Fiction
  • A 2000 Los Angeles Times Book Prize Nominee for Fiction
  • Winner of the 2000 WILLA Literary Award for Contemporary Fiction

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Dianne | 2/12/2014

    " First two stories, "The Half-Skinned Steer," and "The Mud Below" are among the finest stories I've read since TC Boyle's _Tooth & Claw_ collection. Never thought much of Proulx (_The Shipping News_) before, but these are gorgeous. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Joseph | 1/30/2014

    " Short stories including Brokeback Mountain. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Nicola | 1/27/2014

    " Can't argue that Annie Proulx writes some amazing lines that make you stop to guffaw. But don't always like the grit that gets caught in my teeth as I read. Can't swallow all the rapes and the cruelty of the characters. Guess I just don't want to believe that people can be so bad. Only "Brokeback Mountain" offered up some likeable characters. Still, my favorite, gritty, grotesque story had to be the first one: "The Half-Skinned Steer." "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Sarah Vassall | 1/27/2014

    " This was wonderful. While I was struck by the blatant sexuality,no was overwhelmed by the blunt beauty in this writing. I did find some of the stories to be too long for what they were, but they were all beautifully written. It completely changed my perspective on "Brokeback Mountain" as well! "

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