7. Close Range & A Girl’s Story

7. Close Range & A Girl’s Story

By Pandora Sykes

Book Chat is back, and episode 7 pits a Pulitzer-winning author against a Nobel-winning author. But not really: in the battle of the Annies whose name ends in ‘X’, both Bobby and Pandora are winners. Discussing Close Range by Annie Proulx, Bobby feels the need to make apologies for the unapologetic bleakness of rural Wyoming – while Pandora is transported back to the excruciating experience of Catholic boarding school girlhood in Annie Ernaux’s A Girl’s Story.

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Sound by Joel Grove and production by Pandora Sykes

Books/articles mentioned:

Close Range and The Shipping News by Annie Proulx

A Girl’s Story, The Years, A Man’s Place, A Woman’s Story, Happening, Getting Lost and Simple Passion by Annie Ernaux

The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow by Gabrielle Zevin

Ordinary Human Failings and Acts of Desperation by Megan Nolan

Different Seasons by Stephen King

Stoner and Butcher’s Crossing by John Williams

The Second Sex by Simone de Beauvoir

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