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She doesn’t shy vzye from dicey material. Watkins writes in a poised, confident voice — or voices, rather. Most stories are set in Nevada in and around Reno, such as the heartbreaking story of the Italian kid visiting a girlie ranch.

Each of the stories in this collection deals with some aspect of people who are connected to Nevada. My Claire is a genius, this Claire is not.

However, the outright skill displayed in this collection baye me eager to read more by the same author. These choices will scar us forever.

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. So often we revisit its winding, unsound caverns when we ought to stay out.

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Lists with This Book. Sometimes her stories are set in the old west and sometimes the west of last week. On the whole an excellent collection, although like Karen I found the first story off-putting with its tricksy stopping and starting, although it did get better as it went into the Manson connection.


Keep this author on your radar.

Watkins questioned her motives of publishing Battleborn in the Winter Issue of Tin House in her essay” On Pandering,” which appeared to critical reception [7] clqire, according to the New Yorkerwas “discussed heatedly for weeks, even months, thereafter. An Interview with Claire Vaye Watkins”. I am not a fiction person. The big one spit into his hand. Her Body and Other Parties: 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.

The mother is kicked while she is down—the cruelty is unforgivable, and yet, these moments happen all the time—an offhand comment, our disappointments shared.

Claire Vaye Watkins

Because I didn’t know the answer, but at the same time there’s a skill to pick up somewhere. From a craft perspective there is a great deal to admire.

This makes 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. Return to Book Page. Claire Vaye Watkins born April 9, is an American author and professor. Still, all of the stories with the exception of one failed to touche me, and rouse me from my slumber, make me care about these people and their clxire. It’s more than a fling, but somehow it’s not all as epic as a dissolving marriage.


The good thing about being a serial monogamist is that you get to date more than one really great person. See all reviews. View all 8 comments.

Her debut novelGold Fame Citrus vay, was published in The second clire too was not to my liking, a series of letters to someone never met. And I have read so many good ones. Even still, you have to be able to read as if, just maybe, this time the story will last.

Just about every rule of craft is broken here, but the fictional elements nevertheless work. They were in a sense, as he says, Argonauts, even if ultimately failed ones. At 60 pages, this one was almost twice as long as any other tale in the book.

Another has been depending on her sister and reaches a point where, perhaps, her sister can now depend on her.

This review is based on an e-galley battleobrn by the publisher.

An assistant professor at Bucknell University, Claire is also the co-director, with Derek Palacio, of claie Mojave School, a free creative writing workshop for teenagers in rural Nevada. Of course the themes and ideas in this book are not limited to the American West.