One of Wink's ten best books set in the American West, as shared at Publishers Weekly:
Close Range by Annie ProulxRead about the other books on the list.
The stories in Close Range capture the raw emptiness of Wyoming, a state with far more pronghorn than people. The characters in Close Range are cowboys, bar fighters, ranchers shrewdly imagined and closely observed. The now classic "Brokeback Mountain" alone is worth the price of admission here.