- Alexander, Lloyd — The Black Cauldron
- Anthony, Piers — Letters to Jenny
- Cooper, Susan — Over Sea, Under Stone
- Proulx, Annie — Close Range: Wyoming Stories
This fellow at work, Ben, who I'd been trying to get to join my book club for months, raved about these stories. With the movie based on the last story about to open, I decided I should heed his advice and read this collection.
I really liked the first two stories, thought they were fantastic. Then there were a couple of ordinary ones followed by a couple of decent ones, though none as good as the first two. Then it really started to sag, and I found I was no longer looking forward to reading this as much. But things picked up again with the last story. These stories have been described as a cross between Flannery O'Connor and someone else I'd never heard of. They are decent stories, but the three best stories fall a notch short of the O'Connor I've read. I would, though, heartily recommend "The Half-Skinned Steer," "The Mud Below," and "Brokeback Mountain."
So, now that I've read it, anybody want to go see Brokeback Mountain with me tonight?