The Lives of Rocks (Hardcover)

By Rick Bass

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 9780618596744, 224pp.

Publication Date: November 1, 2006



Rick Bass's new collection contains a broad range of characters and settings: the title story concerns a woman recovering from cancer; "Pagans" tells, at forty years' distance, of a girl and two boys -- one of whom was in love with her -- and the dangerous games they played; in "Her First Elk," a woman reflects on her first elk hunt and on her memories of her father and two brothers, now all dead. These stories, distinguished by their maturity, are narrated by men and women with compelling life tales. Filled with Bass's hallmark lean and beautiful prose, they are further proof of his mastery of the short fiction form.

Praise For The Lives of Rocks

"Nature is as much a character in this sterling collection of 10 short stories." Publishers Weekly, Starred