Written By: Annie Proulx

Narrated By: Arliss Howard

Date: December 2002

Duration: 6 hours 21 minutes


From Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award winner Annie Proulx comes an exhilarating story brimming with language, history, landscape, music, and love.

Bob Dollar is a young man from Denver trying to make good in a bad world. Out of college and aimless, Dollar takes a job with Global Pork Rind, scouting out big spreads of land that can be converted to hog farms. Soon he's holed up in a two-bit Texas town called Woolybucket, where he settles into LaVon Fronk's old bunkhouse for fifty dollars a month, helps out at Cy Frease's Old Dog Café, and learns the hard way how vigorously the old Texas ranch owners will hold on to their land, even when their children want no part of it.

Robust, often bawdy, strikingly original, That Old Ace in the Hole traces the waves of change that have shaped the American West over the past century -- and in Bob Dollar, Proulx has created one of the most irrepressible characters in contemporary fiction.


  • Laura Myerson

    At first I thought the reader was lackluster, but once the many colorful characters were introduced, and he brought out each individual's personality with virtuosity, I was hooked. The subject matter -- the rape of the land and threats to communities posed by commercial exploitation and industrial farming -- is very current and important. I found Bob Dollar the least convincing of the characters, but cared for him nonetheless.

  • Nansy Mathews

    Annie Proulx is one of my favorite writers and this book did not disappoint me. She is so good at character development. And she teaches me about places I have never been, but have great respect for after her brilliant descriptions. She enlarges my world and touches a deep need for the feeling of intimacy that comes from small town folks.

  • Anonymous

    If you loved Shipping News you will love this.. She has a way of taking the most desolate and finding the human parts and making us care.. I loved this


    Weaving such characters as Hugh Doe, the bedwetting sheriff of Woollybucket, Betty Doke, the unscrupulous moneyperson for Global Pork Rinds, Advance Slaughter and his 10 daughters, his archenemy Francis Scott Keyster, LaVon Frump town gossip, land-owning brothers Ace and Tater, and the greedy Beautyroom family, into the life of feckless newcomer Bob Dollar, Proulx is in top form with this gut-bustin' funny saga of changing times in the Texas Panhandle.

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