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Hell, West, and Crooked

Hell, West, and Crooked

(1992)
Stories
A collection of stories by

 
The title for this collection of Will Baker's prize-winning stories derives from his womenfolk's expression for the comic disarray of most human enterprises. Hell, West, and Crooked is a kind of skewed, comic inferno- the hilarious but finally poignant lives of ordinary folk who survive in the little logging and farming towns, the suburbs, and the glittering, sprawling cities of the Far West. A small boy learns that butchering a hog, like escorting a lady requires good manners. An alcoholic writer of pulp Westerns finds himself trapped in his own story. Two elderly widows demonstrate thier mastery of master mechanics. And a hen-pecked businessman discovers his hidden self- a lust for automatic weaponry- with the help of an American archetype. Just under the surfacve, Baker reminds us, the West is still as wild-and as round-the-bend, cockeyed, cttywompus, weird and wonderful-as ever.

 
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Hardback Editions

January 2010 : Hardback
Title: Hell West and Crooked
Author(s): Will Baker
ISBN: 9176529916 / 978-9176529911
Publisher: Confluence Press
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Paperback Editions

November 1992 : USA Paperback
Title: Hell West and Crooked
Author(s): Will Baker
ISBN: 0-917652-98-3 / 978-0-917652-98-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Confluence Press
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January 2010 : Paperback
Title: Hell West and Crooked
Author(s): Will Baker
ISBN: 9176529835 / 978-9176529836
Publisher: Confluence Press
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March 1993 : USA Paperback
Title: Hell, West, and Crooked: Stories
Author(s): Will Baker
ISBN: 0-917652-99-1 / 978-0-917652-99-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Confluence Press
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