That Old Ace in the Hole

That Old Ace in the Hole

A Novel

Book - 2002
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From Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award winner Annie Proulx comes an exhilarating story brimming with language, history, landscape, music, and love.

Bob Dollar is a young man from Denver trying to make good in a bad world. Out of college and aimless, Dollar takes a job with Global Pork Rind, scouting out big spreads of land that can be converted to hog farms. Soon he's holed up in a two-bit Texas town called Woolybucket, where he settles into LaVon Fronk's old bunkhouse for fifty dollars a month, helps out at Cy Frease's Old Dog Caf#65533;, and learns the hard way how vigorously the old Texas ranch owners will hold on to their land, even when their children want no part of it.

Robust, often bawdy, strikingly original, That Old Ace in the Hole traces the waves of change that have shaped the American West over the past century -- and in Bob Dollar, Proulx has created one of the most irrepressible characters in contemporary fiction.
Publisher: New York : Scribner, 2002.
ISBN: 9780743242486
9780684813073
0684813076
Branch Call Number: PRO
Characteristics: xii, 361 p.

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Dec 05, 2017

Very different from The Shipping News, That Old Ace in the Hole is an entertaining story of a few months in a young man's life, along with a broad look at the Oklahoma and Texas panhandles - which regions don't have much definition for most of us other than as map appendage shapes. Plenty of great characters in this book, many old cowboy tales, and not a wrong note anywhere. A. Proulx proves again her story telling genius.

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