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The Hermit's Storyby Rick Bass
Synopses & Reviews
Rick Bass's best fiction yet, and the most varied collection he has ever published, The Hermit's Story introduces both new stories and pieces previously published in some of the country's finest periodicals.
In the title story, a man and a woman travel across an eerily frozen lake — under the ice. "The Distance" casts a skeptical eye on Thomas Jefferson through the lens of a Montana man's visit to Monticello. "Eating" begins with an owl being sucked into a canoe and ends with a man eating a town out of house and home. Other stories include "The Cave," "The Fireman," "Swans," "The Prisoners," "Presidents' Day," "Real Town," and "Two Deer." Two of these stories have appeared in The Best American Short Stories, but every selection in this book is remarkable.
"[A] uniformly excellent collection....The jewel of this collection, 'Swans,' introduces Billy, who has a preternatural connection with the trees on his Idaho homestead....Billy's life takes on a stirring quality of pathos, and his graceful death leaves the reader deeply satisfied yet yearning for more. That sentiment might be extended to each of the lovely stories gathered here." Publishers Weekly
"Bass, a passionate, versatile, and increasingly lauded author...is especially gifted as a short story writer. His newest collection is his most pristine, tender, and transporting yet....[T]hese stories of awe and loss are quite astonishing in their mythic use of place and the elements of earth, air, fire, and water." Donna Seaman, Booklist
"What would be an accomplishment for a beginner is simply workmanlike from Bass." Kirkus Reviews
"Thought-provoking and entertaining, these stories move along quickly but continue to resonate long after the reader is done..." Library Journal
The Hermits Story is Rick Bass's best and most varied fiction yet. In the title story, a man and a woman travel across an eerily frozen lake—under the ice. The Distance” casts a skeptical eye on Thomas Jefferson through the lens of a Montana mans visit to Monticello. Eating” begins with an owl being sucked into a canoe and ends with a man eating a town out of house and home, and The Cave” is a stunning story of a man and woman lost in an abandoned mine. Other stories include The Fireman,” Swans,” The Prisoners,” Presidents Day,” Real Town,” and Two Deer.” Some of these stories have appeared in The Best American Short Stories, but for many readers, they wont even be the best in this collection. Every story in this book is remarkable in its own way, sure to please both new readers and avid fans of Rick Basss passionate, unmistakable voice.
About the Author
Rick Bass is the author of sixteen books, including Colter: The True Story of the Best Dog I Ever Had. He lives in the Yaak Valley of Montana with his wife and two daughters.
Table of Contents
Contents The Hermits Story · 1 Swans · 19 The Prisoners · 41 The Fireman · 51 The Cave · 74 Presidents Day · 90 Real Town · 122 Eating · 135 The Distance · 141 Two Deer · 161
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