From the bestselling author of The Shipping News comes Postcards, the tale of the Blood family, New England farmers who must confront the twentieth century and their own extinction. As the family slowly disintegrates, its members struggle valiantly against the powerful forces of loneliness and necessity, seeking a sense of home and place forever lost.
Loyal Blood, eldest son, is forced to abandon the farm when he takes his lover's life, thus beginning a quintessentially American odyssey of solitude and adventure. Yearning for love, yet forced by circumstance to be always alone, Loyal comes to symbolize the alienation and frustration behind the American dream.
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About the Author
Annie Proulx is the author of eight books, including the novel The Shipping News and the story collection Close Range. Her many honors include a Pulitzer Prize, a National Book Award, the Irish Times International Fiction Prize, and a PEN/Faulkner award. Her story “Brokeback Mountain,” which originally appeared in The New Yorker, was made into an Academy Award-winning film. Her most recent novel is Barkskins. She lives in Seattle.
Date of Birth:August 22, 1935
Place of Birth:Norwich, Connecticut
Education:Attended Colby College in the 1950s. B.A., University of Vermont, 1969; M.A., Sir George Williams University, 1973
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Another wonderful tale by Annie Proulx. Told in a string of immersive historical vignettes as if from the perspective of some overarching observer - it is the rich unfolding of lives with the insights of those who've paid attention and the losses of those who haven't. It is about how lives "get lived" and people come and go leaving scars, throwing switches that change the course for others or passing with almost no notice once delivered. It is about how schemes and identities dissipate with the passage of time. Sobering. But in its truths and heartaches one finds, at the very least, the comfort of company.
Most like her book Postcards, it is the tale of many characters that embroider a central theme. The ending is a bit convenient and heart warm, with a certain nod to sex and violence.
As an A Level student studying American literature it was compulsory for me to read postcards, I didn't enjoy it at first but now as i delve further into the novel it is far more interesting. I am still however undecided as to whether or not i like it.
Annie Proulx style of writing demands attention as the moment the mind wanders you are lost. I read the Shipping News and really didn't like it, but with Postcards I couldn't put it down. The deeper you go into this story the more tragic it becomes. Loyal stayed with me for days, and that is how I judge a good book, when it won't leave me.
This is my second copy of this book. I loaned my first copy out and it never came back, so I bought another and read it again. I have all of her books and can't wait until there are more. She is one of the few authors that ifeel the need to all of the books and re-read them. Good books are like great paintings. You wouldn't look at a great painting only one time, and good books are the same. In A.P.'s writing you can see, taste, feel and smell what she us writing about. They are just about perfect in every way.