Close Range: Wyoming Stories

Close Range: Wyoming Stories is a 1999 collection of short stories written by E. Annie Proulx, beginning in 1997. The stories are set in the desolate landscape of rural Wyoming and detail the often grim lives of the protagonists.

First edition cover
AuthorE. Annie Proulx
CountryUnited States
Publication date
May 10, 1999
Media typePrint (hardback & paperback)
Pages288 pp
813/.54 21
LC ClassPS3566.R697 C58 1999

The collection was shortlisted for the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.

The best known story from the collection is "Brokeback Mountain", which was previously published as a 64-page novella in 1998. The story was the basis for Ang Lee's 2005 film, Brokeback Mountain.

The volume includes 11 short stories:

  • "The Half-Skinned Steer"
  • "The Mud Below"
  • "Job History"
  • "The Blood Bay"
  • "People in Hell Just Want a Drink of Water"
  • "The Bunchgrass Edge of the World"
  • "Pair a Spurs"
  • "A Lonely Coast"
  • "The Governors of Wyoming"
  • "55 Miles to the Gas Pump", a brief vignette about a rancher's wife who discovers the corpses of missing women in the attic
  • "Brokeback Mountain"

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