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Battleborn

Watkins, Claire Vaye

ISBN 10: 1594488258 / 1-59448-825-8
ISBN 13: 9781594488252
Publisher: Riverhead Hardcover
Publication Date: 2012
Binding: Hardcover
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Winner of the 2012 Story Prize
Recipient of the 2012 American Academy of Arts and Letters Rosenthal Foundation Award
A National Book Foundation "5 Under 35" fiction writer of 2012


Like the work of Cormac McCarthy, Denis Johnson, Richard Ford, and Annie Proulx, Battleborn represents a near-perfect confluence of sensibility and setting, and the introduction of an exceptionally powerful and original literary voice. In each of these ten unforgettable stories, Claire Vaye Watkins writes her way fearlessly into the mythology of the American West, utterly reimagining it. Her characters orbit around the region's vast spaces, winning redemption despite - and often because of - the hardship and violence they endure. The arrival of a foreigner transforms the exchange of eroticism and emotion at a prostitution ranch. A prospecting hermit discovers the limits of his rugged individualism when he tries to rescue an abused teenager. Decades after she led her best friend into a degrading encounter in a Vegas hotel room, a woman feels the aftershock. Most bravely of all, Watkins takes on – and reinvents – her own troubled legacy in a story that emerges from the mayhem and destruction of Helter Skelter. Arcing from the sweeping and sublime to the minute and personal, from Gold Rush to ghost town to desert to brothel, the collection echoes not only in its title but also in its fierce, undefeated spirit the motto of her home state. 

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Book Description: Riverhead Hardcover, 2012. Book Condition: New. Brand New, Unread Copy in Perfect Condition. A+ Customer Service! Summary: Winner of the 2013 Story Prize Recipient of the American Academy of Arts and Letters 2013 Rosenthal Family Foundation Award Named one of the National Book Foundation''s "5 Under 35" fiction writers of 2012 Winner of New York Public Library Young Lions Fiction Award NPR Best Short Story Collections of 2012 A Boston Globe , San Francisco Chronicle , and Time Out New York Best Book of the year, and more . . . "A real treat. Through remarkably assured writing that manages to be both bristly and brittle, Watkins chronicles despair and loneliness, catalogs valiant fights for survival and desperate please to be heard, and every time has us rooting for her underdogs." San Francisco Chronicle "Dazzling." O, The Oprah Magazine "Although individual stories stand alone, together they tell the tale of a place, and of the population that thrives and perishes therein. The historical sits comfortably alongside the contemporary and the factual nicely supplements the fictional. Readers will share in the environs of the author and her characters, be taken into the hardship of a pitiless place and emerge on the other sidewiser, warier and weathered like the landscape." Antonya Nelson, The New York Times Book Review "The most captivating voice to come out of the West since Annie Proulx - though it''s to early Joan Didion that [Watkins] bears comparison for her arid humor and cut-to-the-chase knowingness." Vogue "The most exciting book of fiction I read this past year.To me, her gift is akin to that of those rare actors, like a Streep or a Brando, who can totally become a character but retain their own essence through and through.Fantastic stuff."Chang-rae Lee, A Year in Reading, The Millions "Exceptional. A writer of great precision and greater restraint, Watkins is a natural storyteller whose material enriches that gift rather than engulfing it. One doesn't have to be from the Battleborn state to recognize and appreciate literature that resonates like this." The Rumpus "[A] breathtaking debut. [Watkins''] stories. carry the weight and devastation of entire novels." Flavorpill "Absorbing. [Battleborn's] true setting is a Faulknerian desert of the heart, where the soil is cursed by its precious metals and one's personal history can be just as toxic. Clear-eyed and nimble in parsing the lives of her Westerners, one of Watkins's strengths is not dodging that the simple fact that love can be tragic, involving, as it does, humans so flawed, so often tender and yet incapable." The Boston Globe "A powerful new voice that deserves recognition. [Watkins maps] a regional portrait while pausing for detailed sketches, with a strong perspective that blends the romanticized past of Larry McMurtry, heartbreaking characters of Annie Proulx, and bleak timeless landscapes of Cormac McCarthy." The Onion AV Club "As if Watkins' prose embodies the desert landscape of Nevada itself, the stories are stony, unkind, and harsh, though never unattractive. Beneath these confessions runs a spiritual undertowthat salvific beauty can arise when brutality is brought to light. All of her stories left me feeling purged and oddly cleansed, easily making Battleborn one of the strongest collections I've read in years." The Millions "Her incredible talent fills every page of this raw, wild, soaring debut. She may be the coolest real-life literary lady we''ve discovered in quite a while." Flavorwire "As grounded as they are in real places, the stories are fictions, crafted with the skill of an artisan, working from the starting points of Mary Gaitskill and Aimee Bender." Los Angeles Times "These stories are as spare and beautifully austere as the landscape of the American Southwest where they are set, the same landscape that shapes and hardens the characters and refines them down to their fundamental elements, working them until they are all sinewy muscle and steely resolve. This is a stunning debut from an impo. Bookseller Inventory # ABE_book_new_1594488258

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