(born Aug. 22, 1935, Norwich, Conn., U.S.) U.S. writer. She studied at the University of Vermont. She began professional writing with commissioned nonfiction books on cooking, gardening, and country living. She founded and edited (1984–86) Behind the Times, a rural Vermont newspaper, and published stories in men's outdoor magazines. Her first novel, Postcards (1992), depicting the decline of the small farm, received the PEN/Faulkner Award. Subsequent novels include The Shipping News (1993, Pulitzer Prize, National Book Award), Accordion Crimes (1996), and That Old Ace in the Hole (2002). Her short story “Brokeback Mountain” appeared in the collection Close Range (1999) and was adapted as a movie (2005). Her other story collections include Heart Songs (1988) and Bad Dirt (2004).
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