The Sky, the Stars, the Wilderness

Bass, Rick

Published by Houghton Mifflin, 1997
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Synopsis: 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.

About the Author: RICK BASS is the author of many acclaimed works of fiction and nonfiction. His first short story collection, The Watch, set in Texas, won the PEN/Nelson Algren Award, and his 2002 collection, The Hermit's Story, was a Los Angeles Times Best Book of the Year. The Lives of Rocks was a finalist for the Story Prize and was chosen as a Best Book of the Year by the Rocky Mountain News. Bass's stories have also been awarded the Pushcart Prize and the O. Henry Award and have been collected in The Best American Short Stories.

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Title: The Sky, the Stars, the Wilderness
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
Publication Date: 1997
Binding: Hardcover
Book Condition: Fine
Edition: First Edition

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