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Wyoming author visits the Bookworm

Daily Staff ReportVail, CO Colorado
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Wyoming-based author Alyson Hagy visits The Bookworm today as part of the stores continuing “Meet the Author” series.

Hagy’s most recent novel “Snow, Ashes” was released in late May and met with strong critical praise. Hagy tells the story of Fremont Adams and C.D. Hobbs, two boys raised on a Wyoming sheep ranch.

The story unfolds across several decades from the boys youth, to their service in the Korean War, to their ease into retirement. The horrors of the war scar the young men, rendering their bond irreparable after they witness countless atrocities.

Estranged for years, Hobbs re-emerges on Adams porch, cajoling him into one last try at the sheep-ranching business. Adams reluctance and Hobbs insistence leads to a shocking ending.Since its late May release, “Snow, Ashes” has been reviewed on a national scale. The New York Times Book Review said “[Alyson] Hagy’s characters and writing are worth getting to know.” The Austin Chronicle (Texas) called “Snow, Ashes” “A work of rough-edged beauty.” Publisher’s Weekly gave the novel a starred review, before saying “Hagy crafts first-rate prose – unsparingly raw and visceral with flashes of high lyricism – that carries the reader from the napalmed mountains of Korea to the vast pastures of the west.” Hagy is an associate professor of English at The University of Wyoming in Laramie, Wyo. She is the author of two anthologies of short stories. “Snow, Ashes” is her second novel.

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