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Battleborn
Battleborn: Stories | Claire Vaye Watkins
The extraordinary debut collection from the Guggenheim Award-winning author of the forthcoming Gold Fame Citrus Winner of the 2012 Story Prize Recipient of the American Academy of Arts and Letters 2013 Rosenthal Family Foundation Award Named one of the National Book Foundation's "5 Under 35" fiction writers of 2012 Winner of New York Public Library Young Lions Fiction Award NPR Best Short Story Collections of 2012 A Boston Globe, San Francisco Chronicle, and Time Out New York Best Book of the year, and more . . . Like the work of Cormac McCarthy, Denis Johnson, Richard Ford, and Annie Proulx, Battleborn represents a near-perfect confluence of sensibility and setting, and the introduction of an exceptionally powerful and original literary voice. In each of these ten unforgettable stories, Claire Vaye Watkins writes her way fearlessly into the mythology of the American West, utterly reimagining it. Her characters orbit around the region's vast spaces, winning redemption despite - and often because of - the hardship and violence they endure. The arrival of a foreigner transforms the exchange of eroticism and emotion at a prostitution ranch. A prospecting hermit discovers the limits of his rugged individualism when he tries to rescue an abused teenager. Decades after she led her best friend into a degrading encounter in a Vegas hotel room, a woman feels the aftershock. Most bravely of all, Watkins takes on and reinvents her own troubled legacy in a story that emerges from the mayhem and destruction of Helter Skelter. Arcing from the sweeping and sublime to the minute and personal, from Gold Rush to ghost town to desert to brothel, the collection echoes not only in its title but also in its fierce, undefeated spirit the motto of her home state.From the Trade Paperback edition.
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writeropolis
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Asia.kennedy
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Pickpick

Raw, grotesque and beautifully written collection of short stories. This has moved to my #Top10.

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chlobee
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Holy Great Pumpkin, @nomadreader your package is incredible!! Thank you so much for all the selections, you did an amazing job! I've been eyeing Battleborn at my bookstore for months 😍 The others weren't on my radar but I can tell they will be excellent fits, especially Sunshine State. Love it all, thank you again 😊❤️
Not pictured: the Lindor truffles I already started eating 🍫🙈
#halloweengoespostal
#fallbookexchange

nomadreader So glad you like it! 2y
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BarbaraBB
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Ten short stories on the American West, some very good. Picture: Pristina, Kosovo

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kyraleseberg
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Saturday morning reads 📚

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kyraleseberg
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Reading a story or two in Battleborn before I head to bed with In the Woods later.

AJBowers Love the cozy! 2y
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Alicia
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Finally went to the Last Bookstore today! I go to LA a couple times a year and have never been! I got a staff pick as is my typical when visiting a new bookshop. Such a fun adventure!

Bookish_B My favorite! I work about 2 miles away 😊 3y
Lacythebookworm I love that you get a staff pick! I might have to copy you! I 🙌😊 3y
Alicia @Bookish_B lucky! I would go all the time!! 3y
Alicia @Lacythebookworm 😁😁 I always try to at new bookstores - that or books from local authors, but LA being what it is I think that list is quite broad! 3y
Zelma Ooh, very cool looking store! 3y
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badnorthern
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It's Nevada Day! Today I honor my crazy state and a fantastic writer and native Nevadan, Claire Vaye Watkins.

rachellayown I loved Gold Fame Citrus! 3y
badnorthern @rachellayown me too! And Battleborn is one of my favorite story collections. A must read. 3y
ApoptyGina69 I'll check it out. I just read GFC last month. 3y
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LectricSheep
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Lots of #shortstories old and new! #booktober

charl08 Thought the Mantel was brilliant. 3y
LectricSheep @charl08 Agreed! Mantel is wonderful. 3y
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RanaElizabeth
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I'm really not a fan of short stories. If they are good, I invariably want more of the story. Both of these authors have written stories that leave me completely unsatisfied, the highest praise that I have for short stories.
#shortstories
#booktober

JustTrish Love St. Lucy's ! 3y
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gibbsne
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"The day my mom checked out, Razor Blade Baby moved in." #firstlines #shortstories #thewest

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Karen.reads
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6 is probably a record month for me. I've started listening to audiobooks on the way to work in an attempt to stay on top of my ever-growing TBR! 😆

britt_brooke Nice work! 3y
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Karen.reads
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Beautifully written stories that pack an emotional wallop. I didn't really connect to some of the subject matter, but these definitely make me look forward to reading her novel. #24in48 #readathon

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Karen.reads
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This has been on my radar a while. Excited to dive in! This will be my "award winner" for Book Bingo!

BookishFeminist Omg it's so good. Enjoy! 3y
GuiltyFeat I didn't have a great experience with this collection and then I read that Watkins herself felt she was writing the kind of stories men expected her to write. She was much happier with her novel I think. 3y
Karen.reads @GuiltyFeat ooh that's interesting. Her novel is on my list too 3y
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BookishFeminist
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Haunting, real collection of short stories that take place out west, primarily Nevada and California. Watkins writes with sharp, gritty sentences that make you feel like the land is also a character in the story. Covers a wide range of topics like mining, relationships, connections, and identity. #ReadWomen

musemonthly Did you read her novel, Gold Fame Citrus? It was excellent! 4y
BookishFeminist @musemonthly It's sitting on my shelf! Planning to get to it soon. :) 4y
Orbeck33 I loved these too! 4y
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BookishFeminist @tanyarama Thanks!! I got them from @outofprint if you want some of your own :) 4y
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annabelgraham
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"The loudspeaker will emit a disembodied human breath. Things will never be the same, it will say, as if she needs to be told this. As if she doesn't know the instability of a tall tower, a city's hunger for ruin. As if this weren't what she came for."

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Orbeck33
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I'm half way through and really enjoying this dark, gritty read. Watkins paints an intimate picture of the psychology of her characters without being heavy-handed.

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todd
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Simply an awesome collection of stories from a state I haven't thought enough about. I will re-read this again someday. Thanks @notokens for introducing me to this author!

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todd
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Biblioklepts beware! I have a stamp now. ☠

Connie Awesome bookplate stamp!! 4y
tkmadden hurray! 🆒 4y
kaitlyn Love it 4y
joe_hill I need a book stamp. 4y
shelly nice! 4y
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todd
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#seasonsreadings - somber, short stories set in the desert...what is more Christmas than that? 🙃

tkmadden you have to tell me what your favorite story is once you finish! 4y
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tkmadden
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Favorite epigraph in Battleborn. @goodinfluences has me paying attention to them!

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