Review: Heart Songs and Other Stories

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Heart Songs and Other Stories
Heart Songs and Other Stories by Annie Proulx
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A very warm, soul-filling collection. I like the dark tales of rural living. My favorites were “Heart Songs,” “Stone City,” and “Wer-Trout.” Her writing is very subdued, delivering powerful emotions and ravaging her characters in simple, subtle verse. My favorite of the stories seem to glow with portentous meaning, as if a monster is swimming about the characters just under the surface, pulling them under as they cling desperately to their failing grip on rationality.

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Victor A. Davis has always loved reading and writing short stories. He is an avid hiker and even when away from the world of laptops and wifi, keeps a pocket paperback and a handwritten journal to keep him company on trail. He is the author of two short story collections, Grains of Sand and The Gingerbread Collection. Join his Mailing List for special announcements about upcoming works.