Annie Proulx: Accordion Crimes

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  • Aliki Varvogli (University of Dundee)

Accordion Crimes (1996) was the novel that followed The Shipping News to great acclaim. Critics had expressed worries that the spectacular success of The Shipping News would be hard to live up to, but Accordion Crimes confirmed Proulx's status as one of the best American writers of her generation. In some ways, this book combines Proulx's interest in both the novel and the story form. It is a novel in the sense that it is a long fictional narrative held together through its thematic unity, but at the same time it resembles a collection of stories in that it is made up of eight separate sections, each introducing new characters, but each also telling more than one story. What unites these fragments is the …

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Varvogli, Aliki. "Accordion Crimes". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 25 October 2002
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