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That Old Ace in the Hole

That Old Ace in the Hole by Annie Proulx
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The brilliant novel from Pulitzer Prize winner Annie Proulx, author of THE SHIPPING NEWS. A richly textured story of one man's struggle to make good in the inhospitable ranch country of the Texas panhandle, told with razor wit and a masterly sense of place.

'An absolute corker of a novel which manages the dual feat of being a serious satire on the evils of global capitalism, and a personal comedy of Dickensian dimensions.' A N Wilson, Daily Telegraph

Some folks in the Texas panhandle do not like hog farms. But Bob Dollar, the newly-hired hog site scout for Global Pork Rind, intends to do his job. Bob must contend with tough men and women like ancient Freda Beautyrooms who controls a ranch he covets, and Ace Crouch, the windmiller who defies the hog farms. As Bob settles in at La Von Fronk's bunkhouse and lends a hand at Cy Frease's Old Dog Café, he is forced to question everything.

'Proulx's own ace in the hole is her brilliance at evoking place and landscape. She sets about drawing the vast distances and parched flatlands of Texas with almost immeasurable skill.' Alex Clark, Guardian

'Amusing, intriguing and disturbing.' Mark Sanderson, Independent on Sunday

'A kind-hearted and intelligent novel.' Daily Telegraph

'Proulx has a first class eye and ear.' Adam Mars-Jones, Observer

'Brilliantly written.' Peter Kemp, Sunday Times

'Funny and heartfelt.' Scotsman

HarperCollins Publishers; September 2012
384 pages; ISBN 9780007383894
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Title: That Old Ace in the Hole
Author: Annie Proulx

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