Proulx is the most vivid short story writer I have ever come across. It isn't a generally popular medium but she is a past-master of it. Her descriptions leap straight off the page into the reader's consciousness, bye-passing all other distractions. You can hear it, feel it, smell it, taste it; and that includes abstractions like fear, hatred, jealousy and loneliness etc. etc. A reading experience like no other.