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Cowboy Genes

Authors: Wes Lee

Published by Valley Press

ISBN: 9780956309938

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One of three pamphlets of award winning short stories published Grist Books, an anthology publisher supported by the University of Huddersfield.


A woman who is recovering from surgery makes sense of her life by connecting to the harsh, stoic world of Westerns.
A woman is visited by her brother who has just been released from a psychiatric institution.
Three eccentric sisters come together when one is diagnosed with terminal cancer.
Two girls are fascinated by the local outsider who paints obscene pictures.
An artist suffers a terrible car accident and becomes obsessed with repeating the same sculptures.
In Wes Lee's beautiful lyrical debut collection of short fiction, the shadow of death looms.


Wes Lee is a poet and short fiction writer from the north of England, currently living in Wellington, New Zealand. She was the 2010 recipient of The BNZ Katherine Mansfield Literary Award, New Zealand’s foremost award for the short story. Her writing has appeared in many of the major UK and NZ literary magazines; on BBC Radio and NZ’s BFM, and has been widely anthologised.

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