Read Battleborn by Claire Vaye Watkins

  • November 27, 2012 · 7:30 PM
  • The Rubyfruit Jungle (private residence)

http://www.amazon.com/Battleborn-Claire-Vaye-Watkins/dp/1594488258/ref=la_B007KELLHA_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1351968264&sr=1-1

Cheap copies on Amazon, even though it's hardcover, and comes in Kindle edition.

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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  • Lauren

    Got it, nm

    November 27, 2012

  • Lauren

    Chris, do you have my email address?

    November 27, 2012

  • Chris B.

    And yes, snacks are always welcome.

    November 26, 2012

  • Chris B.

    Sure, we'll send out the address tomorrow morning after the guest list shakes out!

    November 26, 2012

  • Rosa R.

    Thanks!

    November 26, 2012

  • Rosa R.

    Can you include the zip code when you send out the address.

    November 26, 2012

  • Rosa R.

    Can you include the zip code when you send out the address.

    November 26, 2012

  • Lauren

    How do we get the address to where we got tomorrow? Also, should I bring snacks?

    November 26, 2012

  • Rosa R.

    Can't wait! Really loved the book!

    November 25, 2012

  • Lauren

    This book is very interesting--the author definitely has a unique voice.

    November 23, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Wow! Great description..I'm on it. Thx for the fab time last week!

    November 4, 2012

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