Heart Songs and Other Stories Author:Annie Proulx Before she wrote her Pulitzer Prize-winning bestseller The Shipping News, E. Annie Proulx was already producing some of the finest short fiction in the country. Here are her collected stories, including two new works never before anthologized. — These stories reverberate with rural tradition, the rites of nature, and the rituals of small-t... more »own life. The country is blue-collar New England; the characters are native families and the dispossessed working class, whose heritage is challenged by the neorural bourgeoisie from the city; and the themes are as elemental as the landscape: revenge, malice, greed, passion. Told with skill and profundity and crafted by a master storyteller, these are lean, tough tales of an extraordinary place and its people.
Great read, collection of 11 short stories. Excellently composed. They are lean and tough tales of living the rural life. Some are of the rites of nature, revenge, malice, greed, passion--all are compelling reads. This was a refreshing group of short stories that left me enlightened on human nature and loving the cost we all pay to live the way we choose--good or bad.