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By Robert Olen Butler

Publish 12 months note: First released in 1992
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Robert Olen Butler's lyrical and poignant selection of tales in regards to the aftermath of the Vietnam struggle and its effect at the Vietnamese used to be acclaimed by way of critics around the country and gained the Pulitzer Prize in 1993. Now Grove Press is proud to reissue this modern vintage by means of certainly one of America's most vital residing writers, in a brand new version of an exceptional odor from a wierd Mountain that incorporates for this reason released tales -- "Salem" and "Missing" -- that brilliantly whole the collection's narrative trip, returning to the jungles of Vietnam.

Literary Awards
Pulitzer Prize for Fiction (1993)
PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction Nominee (1993)
Rosenthal kin origin Award (1993)

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She shuddered. ” Roch had never felt such comfort in her presence. After the charred, torn, bloodied, tortured flesh he had seen during the past two days, it was a delight to behold her white skin. He undressed her slowly, with unspoken apprehension, as if afraid that each item of clothing he was peeling off her would reveal a heartrending gash or burn. No, of course, she was smooth, intact, unblemished, flawless. Naked on her side on the bed, she glowed like mother-of-pearl. He stripped in a hurry, impatient for their skin to touch.

He had trouble believing that the young woman was Madame de Cléry’s daughter. “Well, Blanche dearest, Chief Inspector Miquel is from the police. ” Her eyes turned away, she waved in Blanche’s direction. ” Roch frowned. He was unpleasantly surprised to learn that the young woman was married. But then, why not? He had heard of Coudert, the banker, who had already been one of the richest men in Paris before the Revolution. He had to be at least thirty years older than this wife of his. Blanche, still smiling, held out her hand to Roch.

That would’ve been the 16th or 17th of December, right? ” “You are not alone, Citizen Lambel. ” “Brunet, my neighbor, brought me a man who was looking to buy a horse and cart. And at the time mine were stopped right in front of my shop, so I showed them to the man. He was a stallholder, he said, he sold cloth at fairs and he needed a cart to take his wares across the country. ” Lambel pointed at the carcass. “That’s a pretty high price for a horse like this one, that wasn’t so 47 young as it used to be.

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