The Language of Elk: Stories [NOOK Book]

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RED MOON author Benjamin Percy's widely praised debut story collection, originally published by a university press, is now available for the first time as an ebook.


This debut collection of stories, The Language of Elk, by the award-winning author of Red Moon, assembles its cast from the mountain towns and low life taverns and high desert ranches of Oregon--a state that in isolated pockets remains a still-unfinished place, the frontier.

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Overview

RED MOON author Benjamin Percy's widely praised debut story collection, originally published by a university press, is now available for the first time as an ebook.


This debut collection of stories, The Language of Elk, by the award-winning author of Red Moon, assembles its cast from the mountain towns and low life taverns and high desert ranches of Oregon--a state that in isolated pockets remains a still-unfinished place, the frontier.

Here nature exists as a source of wonder and a force to be conquered. Here myths haunt the moss-laden woods and Benjamin Percy shines his light on them, revealing bearded ladies and Bigfoot and marijuana colonies and elk hunting ranches and haunted Indian burial sites, the underside of contemporary western America.

With a salty mystical voice that partners the landscape and a vision as wild as his characters, Percy explores a world of surprising violence and gentleness, hilarity and heartbreak, loveliness and ugliness, and in doing so emerges as a beautifully raw voice of the West.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781455529612
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
  • Publication date: 4/1/2013
  • Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 690,710
  • File size: 772 KB

Meet the Author

Benjamin Percy
Benjamin Percy is the author of the novels Red Moon and The Wilding, and two short story collections, Refresh, Refresh and The Language of Elk. His fiction and nonfiction have appeared in Esquire, Orion, Outside, The Wall Street Journal, Tin House and elsewhere. His honors include the Pushcart Prize, a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, the George Plimpton Prize for Fiction awarded by The Paris Review, and a Whiting Award. Raised in the high desert of central Oregon, he is the writer-in-residence at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota.
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  • Posted August 6, 2009

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    Great writing, great stories..

    more clever stories from Benjamin Percy...

    "The Language of Elk" has alot of really good stories, unfortunately I was spoiled by reading his new book, "Refresh, Refresh" first. I then found about this book!

    This book has eight short stories, all good and very well written in my opinion!

    My favorites were:

    The Language of Elk
    The Colony
    Winter's Passing
    The Bearded Lady Says Goodnight (this story is outstanding and genius!!!!)

    If you read / or have read "The Language of Elk", do yourself a favor and read his new book too, "Refresh, Refresh", its excellent

    I wish more people need to know about Benjamin Percy's writing, I know I'll read anything he writes from now on.....

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  • Posted May 17, 2009

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    Strong read from a talented writer

    The Language of Elk, the debut book by writer Benjamin Percy, contains 8 stories about the people and life in a place called Oregon. As the jacket text reads, "The Language of Elk assembles its cast from the mountain towns and low-life taverns and high desert ranches of Oregon -- a state that in isolated pockets remains a still-unfinished place, the frontier."

    The stories in this book show us some unique characters and surprising situations. There a man who digs up and steals Native American relics, including the mummified corpse of a dead man, in his living room, a former small town high school football hero trying to find his way in adulthood, the owner of a ranch where soft men come to play cowboy and hunt their own game for a few days, a man who hunts for Sasquatch, a man who work together on a marijuana farm, and a man who falls in love with the bearded lady at a circus that comes to town.

    Benjamin Percy is a promising young author who can tell a story and whose descriptions of relationships are very strong. His prose is sharp, right on, his settings strong, and his characters unique and memorable. These are stories that will linger in your mind for a long while after reading them. Overall, this is a strong first book from a talented young man, whose work engages his readers' imaginations and hearts, and will have you wanting for more. This book is highly recommended!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 4, 2008

    Engaging read by a talented writer

    The Language of Elk, the debut book by writer Benjamin Percy,contains 8 stories about the people and life in a place called Oregon. As the jacket text reads,'The Language of Elk assembles its cast from the mountain towns and low-life taverns and high desert ranches of Oregon -- a state that in isolated pockets remains a still-unfinished place, the frontier.' The stories in this book show us some unique characters and surprising situations. There a man who digs up and steals Native American relics, including the mummified corpse of a dead man, in his living room, a former small town high school football hero trying to find his way in adulthood, the owner of a ranch where soft men come to play cowboy and hunt their own game for a few days, a man who hunts for Sasquatch, a man who work together on a marijuana farm, and a man who falls in love with the bearded lady at a circus that comes to town. Benjamin Percy is a promising young author who can tell a story and whose descriptions of relationships are very strong. His prose is sharp, right on, his settings strong, and his characters unique and memorable. These are stories that will linger in your mind for a long while after reading them. Overall, this is a strong first book from a talented young man, whose work engages his readers' imaginations and hearts, and will have you wanting for more. This book is highly recommended! --Mitchell Waldman, author of the novel, A FACE IN THE MOON'.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 6, 2006

    A remarkable read

    Percy is blessed with the ability to engage his reader via striking use of similies and metaphors that leave you grinning at his brilliance. His collection of short stories is unlike any you'll ever encounter. A remarkable read.

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