By Annie Proulx
Scribner, 1997, 55 pgs. Fiction
A compelling tale (more a short story than novel) of unconventional love. Two cowboys raised to be tough and unemotional face an overwhelming attraction to each other. Because their situation does not allow them to be together, they each marry and attempt to live conventional lives but are unable to break their connection to one another. There is some graphic language and sexual content but it is not gratuitous and is not the focus of the story. The heartbreaking and abrupt conclusion evokes compassion and sadness for anyone caught in their situation.