The Best Short Stories of William Kittredge


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1555973841

9781555973841

200 Pages

$15.00

CAD17.00

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A master storyteller and essayist, William Kittredge is best known for his unflinching vision of the hardscrabble landscape of the West and the people who survived and die on it. His stories are stripped down but bristle with life to offer a dusty, relentless landscape; the smell of freshly turned dirt; the blunt conversations about work that needs doing; and the rare, quiet moment of reflection that amounts to nothing less than poetry. This new volume represents the best of Kittredge's stories, including "Agriculture" and "Breaker of Horses."

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Praise for The Best Short Stories of William Kittredge

"Kittredge's stories of laconic, isolated men and prodding women are strangely elevating elegies—genuine, unflinching, and tender."—Barry Lopez

"Kittredge paints with these colors: sky blue, night black, blood red. Nature has more—but none truer."—The New York Times Book Review

"Kittredge’s stories—graceful, savvy, expansive, poignant, and sometimes even grave—tell us that it is our affections, not our courage or our toughness or our willingness to be unequivocal, that keeps us from one day to another. And that is a truth worth hearing. I only wish there were more of these stories."—Richard Ford

"You may never again see the American West in quite the same way if you take the time to view it through the eyes of William Kittredge . . . A stunning book."—The Seattle Times

"William Kittredge writes about the West, about his world and its inhabitants, with pity and terror and love. I think his work is singular and unforgettable."—Raymond Carver

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William Kittredge grew up on a cattle ranch in southeastern Oregon and taught creative writing at the University of Montana. He is often praised as one of the most important voices on the American West. He now lives in Missoula, Montana.

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  • William Kittredge grew up on a cattle ranch in southeastern Oregon and farmed there until he was 33, after which he taught Creative Writing at the University of Montana. The author of several book on the Western experience, he is often praised as one of the most important voices on the American West. He now lives in Missoula, Montana.
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