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‘Proulx is at home in natural surroundings; her gift for description is both taut and unlavish and she shows the true countryman’s respect for hunter and hunted alike. Her people are alive; the domestic detail as sharply defined as in a Dutch genre painting.’ Evening Standard
‘The distinguishing ingredient that makes Proulx such a tonic is her passion for language…Her descriptive skill is both intriguing and economical.’ Independent on Sunday
‘Proulx’s descriptive power is such that when you’re not laughing or cringing, you're gasping with envy.’ Independent
‘Proulx’s prose is monumental.’ Observer
‘America’s most impressive new novelist…matchlessly capturing the rewards and rigours of life in the rural remoteness of America’s far north-east, the stories in “Heart Songs” focus on characters almost elementally close to harsh landscapes and hard ways of life.’ Sunday Times
Annie Proulx published her first novel ‘Postcards’ in 1991 at the age of 56. ‘The Shipping News’ won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, the National Book Award and the Irish Times International Prize. Her third novel, ‘Accordion Crimes’, was published in 1996. She is also the author of three short-story collections, ‘Heart Songs’ (1994), ‘Close Range’ (1999) and ‘Bad Dirt’ (2004). ‘Brokeback Mountain’ was made into an Oscar-winning film in 2005. ‘Fine Just the Way It Is’, her third collection of Wyoming short stories, was published in 2008.