Annie Proulx: Postcards

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  • Aliki Varvogli (University of Dundee)

Annie Proulx's first novel, Postcards, was published to critical acclaim in 1992, and made her the first woman to receive the prestigious PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction. It tells the story of a farming family, the Bloods. Loyal Blood, the eldest son, kills his partner Billy for reasons which are gradually revealed to the reader throughout the novel. He secretly buries her corpse on the farm, and then he pretends that he is going away with her to build a new life. The story then traces his journeys across America, as well as the fate of the family he left behind. In his absence, his family is visited by tragedy, the farm is eventually sold, and the Bloods are forced to adapt to the new realities of post-World War II life. One of …

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Varvogli, Aliki. "Postcards". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 18 July 2002
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