Short stories by Annie Proulx

Annie Proulx is the author of eight books, including the novel The Shipping News and the story collection Close Range. Her many honors include a Pulitzer Prize, a National Book Award, the Irish Times International Fiction Prize, and a PEN/Faulkner award. Her story “Brokeback Mountain,” which originally appeared in The New Yorker, was made into an Academy Award-winning film. Her most recent novel is Barkskins. She lives in Seattle.

Listing 25 stories.

When you live 55 miles from the nearest gas pump, no one can hear the screams.

After Jehovah's witnesses find a couple brutally murdered in their trailer, convenience store owners remember their own interactions with the couple in the time preceding the murders.

A woman in a small Wyoming town reflects on the end of her marriage as she watches another woman fall apart in her own relationship.

A family’s plans for the first day of the hunting season are delayed when the reason behind one son and his wife’s separation is revealed.

A middle-aged, widowed man realizes his new wife and her brutish brother are slowly taking over his farm.

Two "straight" young men are hired for the summer to look after sheep on Brokeback Mountain; alone together, they fall into a sensual and secret romance that they never forget and can never quite leave behind. Over the next twenty years, although their careers and families threaten to separate them, they find ways to reunite.

After a rich family purchases family land, they become obsessed with the lineage, bothering neighbors for information and mistaking silly childhood etchings for a rare discovery.

An aspiring musician joins a Christian family band and has big dreams of making a debut album with them. But his sins inside their home threaten his musical aspirations with the group.

After a man returns to his childhood home after years of working on himself, he confidently sets out to restore it and find the vandals who ruined it. His overconfidence leads him to incorrect conclusions and he learns to accept that he was wrong.

A Wyoming native unsuccessfully jumps between jobs over his lifetime to support his large family. Through bankruptcy and loss, he perseveres and continues to look forward to his next venture.