That Old Ace in the Hole, Annie Proulx

  • September 9, 2013 · 7:00 PM

That Old Ace in the Hole is a 2002 novel by Annie Proulx, Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award winner Bob Dollar is a young man from Denver trying to make good in a bad world. Out of college and aimless, Dollar takes a job with Global Pork Rind, scouting out big spreads of land that can be converted to hog farms. Soon he's holed up in a two-bit Texas town called Woolybucket, where he settles into LaVon Fronk's old bunkhouse for fifty dollars a month, helps out at Cy Frease's Old Dog Café, and learns the hard way how vigorously the old Texas ranch owners will hold on to their land, even when their children want no part of it. Robust, often bawdy, strikingly original, That Old Ace in the Hole traces the waves of change that have shaped the American West over the past century -- and in Bob Dollar, Proulx has created one of the most irrepressible characters in contemporary fiction.

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  • Eden

    I'm in the back part of the cafe. I have a service dog and am hard to miss.

    September 9, 2013

  • Mike T.

    Not sure if I'll have the entire book ready by Monday, but still plan to be there.

    September 4, 2013

  • Mark

    will see you all Sep. Im about a hundred pages in...

    August 16, 2013

  • David G.

    another great book and another reason to be in this book club. I really enjoyed the book and would have never found it without the group. Thanks for a great find!

    July 8, 2013

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