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Accordion Crimes Paperback – June 17, 1997
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John Sutherland The New Republic In scale, in vision and in imaginative darling, Accordion Crimes uses all the range and the resources of Proulx's mature prose....She is a great novelist.
Michael Dirda The Washington Post Book World You would think Proulx would have the simple decency to make her third novel merely so-so, if only to let someone else grab a little limelight. No such luck...She now seems to know everything about writing. And a fair amount about life, too.
Phoebe-Lou Adams Atlantic Monthly Splendid...Ms. Proulx is a magician.
Gail Caldwell Boston Sunday Globe A daringly intelligent work with a soul as wide as the Mississippi.
Kathleen Byrne Globe and Mail Review of Books Crisp and authoritative, her spare, dense prose is mesmerizing ...A majestic novel.
About the Author
Annie Proulx is the author of eight books, including the novel The Shipping News and the story collection Close Range. Her many honors include a Pulitzer Prize, a National Book Award, the Irish Times International Fiction Prize, and a PEN/Faulkner award. Her story “Brokeback Mountain,” which originally appeared in The New Yorker, was made into an Academy Award-winning film. Her most recent novel is Barkskins. She lives in Seattle.
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this case, a hand-made green accordion instead of sailor's knots) to tie her characters together. It is
necessary to pay close attention while reading this book, as the characters change each time the
accordion takes on new ownership. Although the story starts in Italy, where the instrument is made,
it makes its way across the sea to New Orleans on to Maine and Quebec, Mississippi, Chicago and
elsewhere. The owners are a multitude of immigrants as diversified as the places to which the
accordion goes. Reading this book is a cultural (and geographical!) learning experience-a foray
into the darker, aspects of how America mistreats its foreign émigrés and how they, in turn, mistreat