Modern Ranch Living

Modern Ranch Living

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It's a summer hotter than hell in Tucson, Arizona, and weird things are afoot in the crumbling desert community of Rancho Sin Vacas (Ranch Without Cattle). Sixteen-year-old Kendra obsessively hones her body into a perfectly muscled machine, even as she struggles to master a mounting violent streak. Her brother Thomas slips into a misanthropic daze while cultivating a bizarre little obsession of his own under the front porch. Another local, Merv, stuck in a rut and going nowhere fast at thirty, reaches his wit's end over his insomniac mother, whose night-time antics begin to wreak havoc on his life. When a strung-out teenager disappears from the Rancho, and rumours of murder surface, these discontented misfits find themselves in an unlikely alliance that will alter the course of one long, sun-baked summer - and perhaps their more

Product details

  • Paperback | 304 pages
  • 134 x 214 x 26mm | 299.38g
  • Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 0747571708
  • 9780747571704
  • 1,545,378

About Mark Poirier

Mark Jude Poirier grew up in Tucson, Arizona. He is the author of two short story collections, Naked Pueblo and Unsung Heroes of American Industry, and the novel Goats. He teaches at Bennington College in more

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'Like David Sedaris, Poirier is a sharp, funny writer who has plenty to say about the lurid, tabloid side of modern American life.' Publishers Weekly 'Poirier writes about malcontents, fringe dwellers, and stoners - and it is the rawness of the plots and characters, the lack of writerly affectation in general and condescension in particular, that makes them evocative and real.' New York Times 'Mark Poirier gets funnier book by book, and, also, book by book, darker. In MODERN RANCH LIVING he's Gogol let loose in the desert.' Larry McMurtry 'Zings right along: wild, weird and woolly. Poirier takes me to places I've never been before, with characters I've never met before, and with adventures I haven't experienced in fiction before. He's also one of the funniest writers going today, though I take him very seriously.' Stephen Dixonshow more

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159 ratings
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4 38% (60)
3 28% (44)
2 7% (11)
1 1% (1)
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