The Best Short Stories of William Kittredge

The Best Short Stories of William Kittredge
William Kittredge

“With their perfect sentences about the weather and the land and the terse, necessary people who live on it, these may be some of the best stories about such matters you’ve ever read.”—Alan Cheuse, National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered”

“Kittredge’s stories of laconic, isolated men and prodding women are strangely elevating elegies—genuine, unflinching, and tender.”—Barry Lopez

About the Book

"Kittredge paints with these colors: sky blue, night black, blood red. Nature has more—but none truer."—The New York Times Book Review
We were meat hunters. You spent money for shells, you brought home meat. I saw Teddy Spandau die on that account. Went off into open water chest deep, just trying to get some birds he shot. Cramped up and drowned. We hauled a boat down and fished him out that afternoon.

A master storyteller and essayist, William Kittredge is best known for his unflinching vision of the hardscrabble landscape of the West and the people who survive and die on it. His stories are stripped down but bristle with life to offer a dusty, relentless landscape; the smell of freshly turned dirt; the blunt conversations about work that needs doing; and the rare, quiet moment of reflection that amounts to nothing less than poetry. Thirty-Four Seasons of Winter represents the best of Kittredge's stories, available together in a handsome new volume.

Additional Reviews

“Kittredge’s stories—graceful, savvy, expansive, poignant, and sometimes even grave—tell us that it is our affections, not our courage or our toughness or our willingness to be unequivocal, that keeps us from one day to another. And that is a truth worth hearing. I only wish there were more of these stories.”—Richard Ford