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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And that’s not necessarily a bad thing. And what comes after this tipping point—that is our salvation. I mistakenly lcaire I had found another Claire-Louise Bennettbut this Claire is in no way, even in one story, close. Like the work of Cormac McCarthy, Denis Johnson, Richard Ford, and Annie Proulx, Battleborn represents a near-perfect confluence of sensibility and setting, and the introduction of an exceptionally powerful and original literary voice.

These last observations by our protagonist in the story address the horror of September 11, warkins announcement at school that will change us all. Still, all of the stories with the exception of one failed to awtkins me, and rouse me from my slumber, make me care about these people and their lives.

A short story might hurt your feelings. 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. 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 who worshiped the super-crazy, constantly being contacted by crime-o-philes, bored housewives, waatkins Lifetime Movie producers who want to strip you bare and juice your life story out of you.

Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. You want a I was so wrong in my initial response to the first story in this book. May 25, Tuck rated it really liked it Shelves: I could try and fail wwatkins describe why the collection is so good well written, imaginative, extremely different viewpoints and styles from story to storybut one thing I found interesting is that Watkins manages to end most of the stories on a philosophical note without seeming pretentious or preachy, which is somewhat amazing considering how often other authors try the same approach and fail.


She did, constantly, but it was never enough. Another disappointment her husband has endured silently.

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Published August 7th by Riverhead Hardcover first published August 2nd There’s no lawyers to see or houses to divvy. I pulled on my boots and walked around the camp. Her characters orbit around the region’s vast spaces, winning redemption despite – and often because of – the hardship and violence they endure.

Lists with This Book. Battleborn was… More about Claire Vaye Watkins. Contact Contact Us Help. These stories set in the Nevada desert are gritty and brilliant, and foretell an auspicious literary future for their author. In each of these ten unforgettable stories, Claire Vaye Watkins writes her way fearlessly into the mythology of the American West, utterly reimagining it. I cannot help feel both awed at the small magnificence of human nature and the complete foolishness of our self-regard accurately portrayed by Watkins.

I’m still pages shy of finishing it, but so far the 5ish stories I’ve read have blown me away. So, it’s not that I disliked Battleborn – I didn’t feel much at all, and only finished the collection out of obligation.

Claire Vaye Watkins

I’ve always thought of Nevada as weird yet magical There’s a problem vye this menu right now. The writing is actually bad and so pathetically boring that I had to abandon it.

Even in the seemingly sweetest of settings and situations sudden violence or even death is stalking, threatening to explode.

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Although several of the characters in the story are fictional, most of the odd details are not. I was blown away by the first semi-autobiographical story of the bunch, “Ghosts, Cowboys,” and its follow-up, “The Last Thing We Need,” and if the remaining stories had been written with the same style and ease, it would be an easy five-star. But Watkins gets too caught up in tensing her stories sometimes, and by that I mean it feels inorganic for some of her stories to be told in present tense.


A Nevada farmer finds some detritus by the side of the road that connects in an odd way with a significant event earlier in his life.

Off to Las Vegas, committed to a good time, willing it to happen, even when their instincts start to kick in and the night feels off, destined for abuse. With so many souls have been swallowed in its centuries of settlement, Watkins’ desert is more than a dormant backdrop.

There are a lot of good things about serial monogamy. Riverhead Books August 2, Language: The story consists of a few vignettes regarding their brief time bbattleborn with her hidden away faye his house on her own invitation, and the stirring of old and forgotten feelings of hope and family and companionship in the previously resigned fellow.

Thanks for telling wakins about the problem. In lieu of an abstract, here is a brief excerpt of the content: Explore the Home Gift Guide. 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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From the Trade Paperback edition. During the movie the big one got on top of her. Amazon Second Chance Pass it on, trade it in, give it a second life. This is how Cormac Mcarthy might write if he were a woman. Add to Cart Add to Cart. Wonder how she likes the Bucknell campus compared to that? At one point, Watkins points out those well meaning folks who laugh on flights to Las Vegas at the jokes the attendants make about all they’ll lose.

The dreams of Watkins’ contemporary characters are similar but smaller in scale; these characters, rather than following the overarching American Dream of the West, are merely trying to bring some meaning and a sense of wonder into their largely forlorn lives. Watkins finds the history of Nevada and of the West to be a gold mine of story ideas and aptly incorporates the landscape as metaphor.