The Hermit's Story
By Rick Bass
(Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Hardcover, 9780618139323, 192pp.)
Publication Date: July 2002
Other Editions of This Title: Paperback
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The Hermit’s 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 lakeunder 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, 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 won’t 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 Bass’s passionate, unmistakable voice.
RICK BASS’s 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.
"Rick Bass puts his talent as a nature writer to terrific use . . . his ability to map the inner lives of his characters is equally impressive." --Don O'Keefe The New York Times Book Review
"Nature is as otherworldly as a line of bright birds frozen stiff, and as prosaic as a patch of grass, in this uniformly excellent collection . . ." Publishers Weekly, Starred
"Probably no American writer since Hemingway has written about man-in-nature more beautifully or powerfully than Rick Bass." --Bryan Woolley Dallas Morning News