Synopses & Reviews
Magical, passionate, and lyrical, the three short novels in this collection are perhaps the finest Rick Bass has written. In the title story, a woman has returned to live on the west Texas ranch that has been in her family since Texas was a republic. Her mother, who died when she was a child, is buried there; the three men who raised her --- her father, grandfather, and Old Chubb, a Mexican ranchhand --- are gone; and her brother, like herself, is childless. Soon, all that will be left of the family is the land: I suppose the land is all we will leave behind, she reflects. In that way it is both our parents and our children.
Land is central to all three stories. In The Myths of Bears, a man tracks his wife through a winter wilderness as she both lures and eludes him. And in Where the Sea Used to Be, an ancient ocean buried in the foothills of the Appalachians becomes a battleground for a young wildcat oilman and his aging mentor.
Deeply original, this book will amaze and delight readers.
"Hauntingly beautiful." Boston Globe
"Writing of this quality creates a stillness in the mind." Time Magazine
GQ called the three short novels in this collection "wondrous." A woman returns to live on her family's west Texas ranch . . . a man tracks his wife through a winter wilderness . . . an ancient ocean buried in the foothills of the Appalachians becomes a battleground for a young wildcat oilman and his aging mentor. Here is Bass at his magical, passionate, and lyrical best.
About the Author
RICK BASSs fiction has received O. Henry Awards, numerous Pushcart Prizes, awards from the Texas Institute of Letters, fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation, among others. Most recently, his memoir Why I Came West was a finalist for a National Book Critics Circle Award.