This luminous, acclaimed collection of stories, set primarily in the American West, follows a varied cast of characters as they experience life-changing epiphanies during their daily routines. Stories like "A Stakes Horse" and "Ranch Girl" deliver the flavor of Meloy's native Montana, while "Aqua Boulevard," a melancholy tale centered around an aging Parisian, captures the feel of France. Meloy writes convincingly of ranchers and students, jockeys and lawyers, moving with ease from contemporary America to World War II-era Europe over the course of the book. Told in a minimalist style, these spare stories, many of them award-winners, have earned Meloy comparisons to Raymond Carver.


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