The Blue Hour

The Blue Hour

by Laura Pritchett


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"Pritchett writes with an evident love for the mountains and the people that call them home." —Westword, One of Ten Great Books by Colorado Authors in 2017

The residents of Blue Moon Mountain form a tight-knit community of those living off the land, stunned by the beauty and isolation all around them. So when, at the onset of winter, the town veterinarian commits a violent act, the repercussions of that tragedy are felt all across the mountainside, upending their lives and causing their paths to twist and collide in unexpected ways.

The housecleaner rediscovering her sexual appetite, the farrier who must take in his traumatized niece, the grocer and her daughter, the therapist and the teacher, reaching out to the world in new and surprising ways, and the ragged couple trapped in a cycle of addiction and violence. They will all rise and converge upon the blue hour—the l'heure bleu, a time of desire, lust, honesty—and learn to navigate the often confusing paths of mourning and love.

Writing with passion for rural lives and the natural world, Laura Pritchett, who has been called "one of the most accomplished writers of the American West," graces the land of desire in vivid prose, exploring the lengths these characters—some of whom we've met in Pritchett's previous work—will traverse to protect their own.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781619026049
Publisher: Counterpoint Press
Publication date: 02/27/2018
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 1,000,310
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

LAURA PRITCHETT is the acclaimed author of Stars Go Blue, Red Lightning, Hell’s Bottom, Colorado, and Sky Bridge, as well as several books of nonfiction. Her work has garnered several awards, including the PEN USA Award for Fiction, the WILLA, the High Plains Book Award, and others. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, O, The Oprah Magazine, Salon, High Country News, The Sun, Orion, and many others.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Chapter One: Creature of Blue 1

Chapter Two: Under the Apple Tree 11

Chapter Three: The Color of the Impression 31

Chapter Four: Calypso 53

Chapter Five: Recipe: Dandelion's Devil 71

Chapter Six: Storytime 79

Chapter Seven: Last Bid 91

Chapter Eight: This Imaginary Me 101

Chapter Nine: You Win 109

Chapter Ten: Boxed Up 121

Chapter Eleven: County Road 129

Chapter Twelve: Water Out of Sunlight 139

Chapter Thirteen: Smoke's Way 155

Chapter Fourteen: Painting the Constellations 171

Chapter Fifteen: Plan B 183

Chapter Sixteen: Pinball 189

Chapter Seventeen: Debitum Naturae 201

Chapter Eighteen: The Bear 223

Chapter Nineteen: Moon's Solstice 231

Acknowledgments 239

About the Author 241

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