Hell's Bottom, Colorado by Laura Pritchett

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On Hell's Bottom Ranch, a section of land below the Front Range, there are women like Renny who prefer a "little Hell swirled with their Heaven" and men like Ben, her husband, who's "gotten used to smoothing over Renny's excesses." There is a daughter who maybe plays it too safe and a daughter plagued by only "half-wanting" what life has to offer. The ranch has been the site of births and deaths of both cattle and children, as well as moments of amazing harmony and clear vision.

About Laura Pritchett

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Pritchett earned her BA at Colorado State University and has done graduate work at Colorado State and Purdue University.
Published December 10, 2011 by Milkweed Editions. 142 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Astute observer that she is, she sees how naturally and lovingly the family, including cousins and grandparents, fit together, and how their closeness matters: When an ornery bull throws her dad over the fence, it’s only a close call, not a catastrophe, which the family easily transcends.

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Some of the finest writing is in the stories about Rachel's children, Billy and Jess: "A Fine White Dust" chillingly illustrates their relationship with Rachel's abusive husband, and in "Dry Roots," one of the most painful and evocative stories, Billy and Jess come upon a horribly mutilated calf—...

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