That Old Ace in the Hole

Author(s): Annie Proulx


Folks in the Texas panhandle do not like hog farms. But Bob Dollar is determined to see his new job as hog site scout for Global Pork Rind through to the end. However he is forced to face the idiosyncratic inhabitants of Woolybucket and to question his own notions of loyalty and home.


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'Proulx's own ace in the hole is her brilliance at evoking place and landscape. She sets about drawing the vast distances and parched flatlands of Texas with almost immeasurable skill...reined in and muscular, unsentimental and unsparing about the toughness of rural life and the process of decay.' Alex Clark, Guardian 'Brilliantly written'. Peter Kemp, The Sunday Times 'A kind-hearted and intelligent novel.' Telegraph 'There's any amount of Texas panhandle lore between these covers, lovingly passed on. It's fascinating stuff...Proulx has a first class eye and ear.' Adam Mars-Jones, Observer 'The travels and travails of Bob Dollar, and his habit of asking garrlous locals to tell stories about the old days, allow her to build up a rich and many-layered portrait of the region. The reader gets to pluck the fruits of all that research and through the magic of her prose become engrossed in subjects like windmill repairs and the history of barbed wire.' Richard Grant, Telegraph Magazine 'Amusing, intriguing and disturbing.' Mark Sanderson, Independent on Sunday 'An absolute corker of a novel which manages the dual feat of being a serious satire on the evils of global capitalism, and a personal comedy of Dickensian dimensions.' A N Wilson, Daily Telegraph 'Sometimes the laughs are prompted by joyously well-jointed plot devices, or by Proulx's small, absurd observations. As often as not, the humour comes from the unmistakable edginess and quirkiness of Proulx's prose. It is hard to think of any living writer who deserves to be mentioned in the same breath as Dickens, with the exception of Proulx.' A N Wilson, New Statesman

Annie Proulx published her first novel Postcards in 1991 at the age of 56. She is the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Shipping News, the acclaimed novel, Accordion Crimes, and the bestselling short story collection, Close Range.

General Fields

  • : 9780007154203
  • : HarperCollins Publishers
  • : Fourth Estate Ltd
  • : 0.52
  • : August 2003
  • : 234mm X 153mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Annie Proulx
  • : Paperback
  • : SEPT03
  • : 813.54
  • : 384