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Annie Proulx

Annie Proulx’s books include the novel The Shipping News and the story collection Fine Just the Way It Is. 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. She lives in Wyoming and New Mexico.

A Yard of Cloth

There was no one in the shop. No one. Piles of folded fabric were stacked on long tables, bolts of shimmering brocade leaned against the wall. The shop stank of old minerals, stale cigarette smoke, and the scent of wet…