Modern Ranch Living

Modern Ranch Living

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The weather is hotter than hell in Tucson, Arizona, and weird things are afoot in the crumbling desert community of Rancho Sin Vacas. Sixteen-year-old Kendra hones her muscles and grapples with bad grammar, occasionally worrying about her brother, Thomas, who spends all day watching wrestling on TV. Their neighbour Merv is stuck in a rut, still living at home at thirty and looking after his troubled mother. When the strung-out teenager from over the road, Kendra's sometime-boyfriend, goes missing it affects them all in different and surprising ways. And although Kendra is apparently unconcerned, claiming that he's just run away, she can't shake the feeling that something strange is in the air this more

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  • Paperback | 304 pages
  • 128 x 192 x 20mm | 240.41g
  • Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 0747571759
  • 9780747571759
  • 997,343

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'One of the most kinetic, original young fiction writers we've read in a long time' Esquire 'Poirier is a wonderful creator of situations ... His great creation here is Kendra ... Poirier makes you feel trapped in his characters' own predicaments. This is America as it really is ... Superb' Todd McEwen, Guardian 'In its charming, almost soapy way, it brought the same warm glow that I got from Iain Banks's family saga The Crow Road. Kendra and Merv are likeable without being comic, and the world seen through their eyes is weird without ever becoming grotesque ... Poirier's achievement is to lay out a fresh take on the grit and inertia of American small-town life' Independent 'Comic writing dripping in sweat, lust and thinly veiled violent energy' Glasgow Heraldshow more

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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159 ratings
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5 27% (43)
4 38% (60)
3 28% (44)
2 7% (11)
1 1% (1)
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