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Wyoming

by Gritton, JP, 1984-

Format: Print Book 2019
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Summary
A Kirkus Best Fiction of 2019 Pick!

A cross between Daniel Woodrell and Annie Proulx, Wyoming is about the stubborn grip of inertia and whether or not it is possible to live without accepting oneself.



It's 1988 and Shelley Cooper is in trouble. He's broke, he's been fired from his construction job, and his ex-wife has left him for their next door neighbor and a new life in Kansas City. The only opportunity on his horizon is fifty pounds of his brother's high-grade marijuana, which needs to be driven from Colorado to Houston and exchanged for a lockbox full of cash. The delivery goes off without a hitch, but getting home with the money proves to be a different challenge altogether. Fueled by a grab bag of resentments and self punishment, Shelley becomes a case study in the question of whether it's possible to live without accepting yourself, and the dope money is the key to a lock he might never find. JP Gritton's portrait of a hapless aspirant at odds with himself and everyone around him is both tender and ruthless, and Wyoming considers the possibility of redemption in a world that grants forgiveness grudgingly, if at all.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Set in 1988, Gritton's debut is told from the questionably reliable, distinctive perspective of Shelley Cooper, a construction worker in rural Colorado whose life is marked by bad decisions and awful luck. His young niece is terminally ill; he has recently lost his job after stealing from his boss, and his brother, Clay, with whom he has a complicated relationship, has recently been released from prison. Shelley longs to settle down with steady work, but he can only find dubious employment offered by Clay, who picks up right where he left off before he was caught, convicted, and incarcerated. Shelley hides behind colloquialisms and a pretense of ignorance in a flashback-filled telling of his story that leaves the reader curious as to the actual events. In this throwback to 1980s dirty realism and a novel reminiscent of Frank Bill's fiction, Gritton evokes a beautiful rural landscape and people struggling with the cards they've been dealt, creating a rollicking portrait of a compelling and complicated man who is the product of his choices as much as his circumstances.--Alexander Moran Copyright 2019 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "In a voice rough as a chainsaw blade and Midwestern as green bean casserole, debut author Gritton chronicles the trip-to-hell-and-back life of the troubled Shelley Cooper. After a fire ravages the mountains in the vicinity of Montgrand, Colo., and most of the construction work dries up, Shelley steals an air compressor from his boss and loses his job. He needs money, same as his weed-growing older brother, Clayton, and his sister, May, who is married to Shelley's best friend Mike. Clayton's wife, Nancy, has the same shaking sickness her mother had, and May and Mike's little daughter, Layla, has cancer: in short, these are folks "whose bad luck run longer than an interstate." Something deep and unnameable bothers Shelley; he cares an awful lot about Mike, though his discontent mostly seems like a mean streak to others. When Clay starts coming up with mystery money, Shelley becomes suspicious; his brother already spent five years in prison for dealing weed, and Shelley blames this calamity for their mother's death. Nevertheless, he agrees to deliver Clay's latest batch of marijuana to Houston, and what happens on this trip is both violently tragic and a twisted sort of redemption. Pitch perfect cadences sing from the mouths of Gritton's characters, and the author performs skilled loop-de-loops in and out of Shelley's memories. This auspicious debut marks Gritton as a storyteller to watch. (Nov.)"
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Additional Information
Subjects Brothers -- Colorado -- Fiction.
Marijuana -- Fiction.
Drug traffic -- Fiction.
Decision making -- Fiction.
Choice (Psychology) -- Fiction.
Psychological fiction.
Publisher Portland, Oregon :2019
Edition First U.S. edition.
Language English
Description 236 pages ; 22 cm
ISBN 9781947793446
1947793446
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