Just a few days ago I read, in the archives of The New Yorker, my first work by Annie Proulx, "Tits Up in a Ditch". I (http://rereadinglives.blogspot.com/2014/08/up-in-ditch-by-annie-proulx-june-9-2008.html) really liked this story and was gratified to find two more short stories by Proulx within the temporarily open archives of The New Yorker.
Set in Wyoming, in the western USA in 1885, "Them Old Cowboy Songs" is a very powerful story about the attempt of a young couple, the husband is seventeen and the wife younger, to make a life for themselves in a very hard time and place. Archie inherited $100.00 and he used it to buy eighty acres. He built a cabin for he and his wife to abide within. We see their terrible hardships. I liked it when I saw they had and cherished a cat named "Goldie". We see their fear of Indians, the harsh winters and meet their neighbors. Rose gets pregnant. Archie imagines a son helping him on the farm. The richest most powerful people were the owners of big cattle ranches. Archie hears you can make good money working on a big ranch near him. He learns the owner will not hire married men for far they will sneak away to see their families. He lies and gets a job there.
I will leave the rest of the story untold. It is a very moving work.
You can read this story here
I have links to three more of her short stories and hope to read them soon.
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Annie Proulx is the author of eight books, including the novel The Shipping News and the story collection
. Her many honors include a Pulitzer Prize, a National Book Award, the Irish Times International Fiction Prize, and a PEN/Faulkner award. Her story “Brokeback Mountain,” which originally appeared in The New Yorker, was made into an Academy Award-winning film. Her most recent book is Fine Just the Way It Is. She lives in Close Range Wyoming. - from publisher web page