The landscape is breathtaking. The history is rich. The house is a mess. Annie Proulx’s memoir of constructing a home on a remote patch of Wyoming prairie trembles between subjects of natural history, ancestry, geography, and home improvement as she attempts to adequately describe her incredible surroundings. From the moment she lays eyes on the land she refers to affectionately as Bird Cloud, Proulx, whose fiction and attention ceaselessly capture the beauty of a landscape, watches her notions of residential perfection crumble in execution, as though Bird Cloud itself stands as a testament to nature’s singular beauty, unmatched by even as deft a craft as Proulx’s. –Dave
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