Annie Proulx is best known for “Brokeback Mountain,” the short story that inspired the award-winning movie, and The Shipping News, a novel that won both the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize.
Bird Cloud, her first work of nonfiction in 20 years, is a memoir of Proulx’s dream home located on 640 acres in Wyoming.
Now. There are few things I love more than a dream home (anybody’s), so I was interested in this book from the beginning. When I read the following paragraph in Proulx’s recent interview with BookPage, I was sold:
Anyone familiar with Proulx’s work knows the physical settings of her fiction are often love poems to the land itself. Naturally she wanted the house she built on her Wyoming prairie, with its towering cliffs and gorgeous wetlands, to reflect that. As she writes in Bird Cloud, “Because place is such a major part of my writing and life, I thought it important that Bird Cloud breathe in and out of the landscape. A house subject not only to the wind, but to the drowning shadows that submerge it every evening and the sharp slice of sunlight at the eastern end of the cliff.” [Continue reading this interview.]
For this week’s contest, we are giving away one copy of Bird Cloud. To enter to win, leave a comment with a description of your dream home (details are encouraged!). I’ll start: Adobe house in Santa Fe overflowing with plants and built-in bookshelves, with a pool in the backyard and a view of the mountains. (Sigh.)
Also in BookPage:Read an interview with Proulx about That Old Ace in the Hole (2002) and a review of Bad Dirt (2005).