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The ties of family make for uncomfortable binds: A devoted son is horrified to discover his mother's antics before she slipped into dementia. A father's outdoor skills are no match for an ominous change in the weather. But complications arise equally in the absence of blood, as when lifelong friends on a fishing trip finally confront their deep dislike for each other or when a gifted traveling cattle breeder succumbs to the lure of a stranger's offer of easy money.
McGuane is as witty and large hearted as we have ever known him - a jubilant, thunderous confirmation of his status as a modern master.
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By W Perry Hall on 01-30-16
He's grinnin' like a mule eating cactus....
If you haven't read anything by the splendid slang-whanger Thomas McGuane, I recommend you buy your ticket, directly, to CROW FAIR, his 2015 collection of twistical tales set in Montana. McGuane strings these whizzers with his dry boomer sense of humor and a keen perception of the nature of humanity.
These whoppers, as in his prior collections, center around chaps and gals in a box facing some type of demon. As you read them, you never can tell which way the pickle's gonna squirt.
In this latest set of yarns, McGuane gives primary male roles to an assortment of scamps, hayseeds, pie eaters, white liners, mudsills, and lily livers, and some poor guy who's gettin' the mitten. The leading ladies are those doves who've been soiled by the world a bit, such as in the title story in which two brothers' mom, as she tells them on her death bed, was long the left-handed wife of an Indian chief every year at the local Crow Fair, and in my favorite (the funniest) story, Prairie Girl, a former prostitute shines and winds her way to being the president of the local bank.
These all-fired stories are guaranteed to have you ponderin' life, squeezin' tears and/or grinnin' like a mule eating cactus.
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