Claire Vaye Watkins (born April 9, ) is an American author and professor. Her book of short stories Battleborn (Riverhead Books, ), won The Story. FINE AS NEW CLEAN AND TIGHT – SOFT COVER. SHIPS FROM WA- USPS. EXPEDITED SHIPPING AVAILABLE. The extraordinary debut collection from the . The extraordinary debut collection from the Guggenheim Award-winning author of the forthcoming Gold Fame Citrus Winner of the Story Prize Recipient of.

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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. Stories I admired, but with which I felt clsire little emotional connection. I have never been to the American West and this collection made it come alive for me.

All the stories take watkkns in Watkins’ native Nevada desert, a place known in history as having a tendency of killing those who explore or even cross its expanse. Now here’s his daughter writing a terrific story about the whole affair. I look forward to reading the remaining stories. Several were set in Las Vegas, with girls on nights out being harassed and assaulted or trying to have a good time and not succeeding.

These last observations by our protagonist in the story address the horror of September 11, an announcement at school that will change us all. Apr 04, aPriL does feral sometimes rated it it was amazing Shelves: Aug 27, Cynthia rated it it was amazing Shelves: The arrival of a foreigner transforms the exchange of eroticism and emotion at a prostitution ranch.

There was no answer. Short stories are often like outtakes from a full-length film. 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.


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Sep 08, Emily Thompson rated it it was amazing. Project MUSE promotes the creation and dissemination of essential humanities and social science resources through collaboration with libraries, publishers, and scholars worldwide. Claire Vaye Watkins born April 9, is an American author and professor.

Her work has been used in exemplification of literary excellence relative to popular literary thoughts such as: Quite frankly, I did not like a lot of these stories. So far I’ve only read two: Even though he has a wife and two children, he lives mostly with his thoughts. In “The Archivist” a heartbroken woman saves the things her ex-boyfriend left behind to create the Museum of Love Lost.

The longest story, The Diggings, is set in the s Gold Rush as two brothers seek to claim their fortune.

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How sad you are to see this story go. What it’s like to know that your father spent years humping every lost battlenorn girl in sight, and that you may just may have random siblings out there, twenty years your senior, Spahned Manson pun! By Claire Vaye Watkins. Jun 17, Bob Brinkmeyer rated it really liked it. Their efforts are mostly doomed if not downright self-destructive, ushering in at best only momentary joy.

Write a customer review. Claire Vaye Watkins vsye written a strong set of short stories set in the West. That line was from The Diggingsthe one story that left me gobsmacked.

She tried blessed thistle. Published August 7th by Riverhead Hardcover first published August 2nd There are a lot of good things watknis serial monogamy. Gold Fame Citruspublished in by Riverhead[12] is a speculative fiction novel focused on the Californian drought. Thank you for your feedback. Customers who viewed this item also viewed.

Stories by Claire Vaye Watkins D. In either a spirited decision by the author to address the elephant in the room outright, or a less well-meaning push by Watkins’ publisher to exploit her murder-celebro status, the first story dives right in to what it’s like to be That Girl, the kid of the crazy wwtkins worshiped the super-crazy, constantly being contacted by crime-o-philes, bored housewives, and Lifetime Movie producers who want to strip you bare and juice your life story out of you.


She passed out on the other bed. These stories set in the Nevada desert are gritty and brilliant, and foretell an auspicious literary future for their author.

Claire Vaye Watkins

Decades after she led her best friend aatkins a degrading encounter in a Vegas hotel room, a woman feels the aftershock. The first, “Ghosts, Cowboys,” is excellent.

When she’s off, she’s off. Preview — Battleborn by Claire Vaye Watkins. I must add that after reading 4 or 5 vae the stories, I chose not to subject myself to the rest.

I wish I’d come up with a better comparison than serial killing. What a great collection of short stories. However those were as another wrote, ‘Just one dark, sick story after another. This vye me think that Watkins really shines in a longer format, and makes me all the more drooly with anticipation for her new novel, Gold Fame Citrus.

She may be the caye real-life literary lady we’ve discovered in quite a while. It’s a break up at the last word, and it’s okay for that breakup to be all about you, the reader. A short story might hurt your feelings. View all 28 comments. In Battleborn, a collection of stories by Claire Vaye Watkins, we get to explore all aspects of Nevada, from the sad allure of a brothel to nights out in Vegas that can only lead to trouble, told in an honest and yet lyrical voice.