Far as the Eye Can See
Far as the Eye Can See
Bloomsbury USA, Hardcover, 9781620402597, 320pp.
Publication Date: November 4, 2014
Bobby Hale is a Union veteran several times over. After the war, he sets his sights on California, but only makes it to Montana. As he stumbles around the West, from the Wyoming Territory to the Black Hills of the Dakotas, he finds meaning in the people he meets-settlers and native people-and the violent history he both participates in and witnesses. "Far as the Eye Can See" is the story of life in a place where every minute is an engagement in a kind of war of survival, and how two people-a white man and a mixed-race woman-in the midst of such majesty and violence can manage to find a pathway to their own humanity.
Robert Bausch is the distinguished author of a body of work that is lively and varied, but linked by a thoughtfully complicated masculinity and an uncommon empathy. The unique voice of Bobby Hale manages to evoke both Cormac McCarthy and Mark Twain, guiding readers into Indian country and the Plains Wars in a manner both historically true and contemporarily relevant, as thoughts of race and war occupy the national psyche.
“Robert Bausch has produced a funny, intelligent, poignant novel that courageously explores the fundamental truths in all our lives.” —The New York Times on The Lives of Riley Chance
“His book has a special resonance that continues in the mind long after you finish the final page. It may be the resonance of the 20th century—a chronicle of what happened to the human soul in this dark and turbulent time.” —The Washington Post on The Lives of Riley Chance
“An experience so intimate . . . that it almost blinds you with love.” —O, The Oprah Magazine on The Gypsy Man
"If one of the purposes of literature is to illuminate human inconsistencies and frailties, failed attempts to communicate, and redemptive possibilites, this richly rewarding new novel . . . wins stars in each category . . . [With] a delicacy and subtlety that indicate a mastery of his craft . . . Bausch's profound empathy for his characters, his wise understanding [of] the texture of life . . . contributes to a flawlessly expressed novel." —Publishers Weekly, starred review, on A Hole in the Earth