Hell's Bottom, Colorado

Hell's Bottom, Colorado

Hell's Bottom, Colorado

Winner of the PEN USA Award for Fiction
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The winner of the PEN USA Award for Fiction and the Milkweed National Fiction Prize, Hell’s Bottom, Colorado is a collection of stories whose “fates . . . seem unavoidable” (Los Angeles Times).

On Hell’s Bottom Ranch, a section of land below the Front Range, there are women like Renny, who prefer a “little Hell swirled with their Heaven,” and men like Ben, her husband, who’s “gotten used to smoothing over Renny’s excesses.” There is a daughter who maybe plays it too safe and a daughter plagued by only “half-wanting” what life has to offer. The ranch has been the site of births and deaths of both cattle and children, as well as moments of amazing harmony and clear vision. And it is where, after raising their children, Ben and Renny have moved to opposite ends of their acreage.

In her debut work of fiction, Laura Pritchett enters the lives of this extended ranching family, giving flesh and blood to the mythical West. Her characters convey the universal truth that family relationships, like Hell’s Bottom Ranch itself, are marked by moments of pain and glimpses of paradise.

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