I started Annie Proulx's Barkskins this weekend and am tearing through it. Proulx's a masterful, transportive writer and so far I've been consistently thrilled by her story and the way in which she tells it. I've only made it into the second sub-section of the novel, but I'm excited and relieved to see that she's sticking with the story from Part I (and telling it from a new perspective) rather than jumping, David Mitchell-style, into an entirely different realm. I'll be reviewing Barkskins at runspotrun.com, which will likely be live in about two weeks.
I subscribe to Powell's "Indiespensable" series, which means every 6 to 8 weeks I receive a signed, first edition novel in an exclusive slipcase. Although I see a lot of local bookstores are stepping up their 'signed copy' game, and a lot of books are being offered with tipped-in signatures, I really like the Powell's subscription and think it's a great thing to support and be a part of. Look how pretty this is:
And take a look at her tiny signature:
Barkskins will surely make an appearance this week on the Booker Longlist when it's announced on July 27, and I expect it'll be involved in Pulitzer discussions next year.
Barkskins by Annie Proulx
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Ork Records: New York, New York (Numero Group)