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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,195 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Annie Proulx Narrator: Will Patto Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Returning to the territory of “Brokeback Mountain,” National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize-winner Annie Proulx delivers a stunning and visceral collection of new stories. In Fine Just the Way It Is, she has expanded the limits of the form. Her stories about multiple generations of Americans struggling through life in the West are a ferocious, dazzling panorama of American folly and fate.

Proulx’s characters try to climb out of poverty and desperation but get cut down as if the land itself wanted their blood. 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—and leaves the listener in awe.

The winner of two O. Henry Prizes, Annie Proulx has been anthologized in every major collection of great American stories. Her bold, inimitable language, her exhilarating eye for detail and her dark sense of humor make this a profoundly compelling collection.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “[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.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Reaffirms that no one writes better about tough people in tough places.”

    USA Today

  • “Vivid…In the tour de force finale…we see the method in Proulx’s genius, where the enchanting description, unparalleled sentence structure, and unwavering insight combine to reveal both the coldest and most resilient recesses of the human heart.”

    O, the Oprah Magazine

  • “Deliciously macabre stories…A must for fans.”


  • “[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.”


  • “Nine unforgettable stories…[An] assured and unnerving collection.”

    Miami Herald

  • “Proulx writes with clear-eyed, ironic affection about life in the real West, not the sentimental version…Breathtaking.”

    St. Petersburg Times

  • “Brilliant.”

    Associated Press

  • “Astonishing…Breaks new literary ground…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)

  • A 2008 San Francisco Chronicle Best Book for Fiction
  • One of the 2008 New York Times Book Review 100 Notable Books for Fiction

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Jason Packham | 2/17/2014

    " Another great collection of short stories by one of my favorite authors. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Amy C. | 2/10/2014

    " Stories of the countryside seem so unfamiliar to me because the problems a rancher faces is different from one faced by a city person. For example, the story of Brokeback Mountain presents an issue that is currently debated in society: heterosexuals. In an urban society, this issue is better accepted compare to the more conservative part of America. In Fine Just the Way It Is, the problems faced by the different generations of Americans reveal how the American society is changing over time. Perhaps, it is where each generation was brought up that sets the different point of view on their problems. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Aaron | 1/31/2014

    " Nine beautifully written stories set in an America of wide open spaces and hard realities where nothing is free and there are no easy answers. Proulx has a wonderful eye for detail, her descriptions are sharp and compelling, and the characters fill out unobtrusively over the course of each story. She is a craftswoman and this book was a pleasure to read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by korey | 1/31/2014

    " Way disappointed in this book. It's the first of Proulx's work that I just couldn't get into. I think she went out of her way to make the stories totally depressing and morose. I do love her style of writing and her descriptions and metaphors are awesome, but just way too depressing for me. Very bummed. "

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