Hunters in the Snow (short story)

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Hunters in the Snow is a 1981 short story by Tobias Wolff centered on the suburbs of Spokane and featured in In the Garden of the North American Martyrs.[1] The story deals with three characters hunting together in the woods; Kenny, who is hard and brutal; Tub, who is fat, a target of ridicule, and lags behind the rest of the party; and Frank, who is the most "frank" of the group. Each character has a distinct personality which changes as the story progresses. The story reaches its climax when Tub shoots Kenny in what appears to be an accident. Tub and Frank seem to be taking Kenny to a hospital, but wind up stopping in a diner and a roadhouse in a strange chain of events. The story ends with them driving in a direction that is opposite to the one of the hospital. This story's title refers to the painting Hunters in the Snow by Pieter Bruegel the Elder.


  1. Arp, Thomas R., and Laurence Perrine. Perrine's Literature: Structure, Sound, and Sense. Fort Worth: Harcourt Brace College, 2008. 86-88. Print. Hunters in the Snow by Tobias Wolff