Battleborn (short story collection)

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AuthorClaire Vaye Watkins
CountryUnited States
PublisherRiverhead Books
Publication date
Media typePrint (Hardback & Paperback)

Battleborn (2012) is a short story collection by American author Claire Vaye Watkins.


Story Originally published in
"Ghosts, Cowboys" The Hopkins Review
"The Last Thing We Need" Granta
"Rondine Al Nido" The Chicago Tribune Printers Row
"The Past Perfect, the Past Continuous, the Simple Past" The Paris Review
"Wish You Were Here" The Sycamore Review
"Man-O-War" One Story
"The Archivist" Glimmer Train
"The Diggings"
"Virginia City" Las Vegas City Life
"Graceland" Hobart


"Ghosts, Cowboys"[edit]

A semi-autobiographical narrator tells the story of her father Paul Watkins and his role in the Manson Family.

Additionally, the story details how George Spahn acquired his ranch and the narrator's bond with her half-sister dubbed Razor Blade Baby.

Awards and honors[edit]



  1. ^ Kellogg, Carolyn (2013-03-13). "Story Prize goes to Claire Vaye Watkins". Retrieved 2013-05-01.
  2. ^ "Dylan Thomas Prize: US writer Claire Vaye Watkins wins £30,000". BBC News. November 7, 2013. Retrieved November 8, 2013.
  3. ^ Alison Flood (31 May 2013). "Frank O'Connor short story award pits UK authors against international stars". The Guardian. Retrieved June 16, 2014.