The Hermit's Story

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The Hermit's Story is Rick Bass's best and most varied fiction yet, "the work of a seasoned author in full possession of his art and craft" (Denver Post). In this story collection, Bass explores the mysterious and near-mythical connections between man and nature. In the title story, a man and a woman travel beneath the frozen surface of a dry lake; in "The Cave," a couple passes a magical afternoon in an abandoned mine; in "Swans," a woman lights fires along the shore of a freezing pond to warm the five swans ...

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Overview

The Hermit's Story is Rick Bass's best and most varied fiction yet, "the work of a seasoned author in full possession of his art and craft" (Denver Post). In this story collection, Bass explores the mysterious and near-mythical connections between man and nature. In the title story, a man and a woman travel beneath the frozen surface of a dry lake; in "The Cave," a couple passes a magical afternoon in an abandoned mine; in "Swans," a woman lights fires along the shore of a freezing pond to warm the five swans living there. The characters in each of these ten stories try to seek out the marrow of life. "[A] fully realized collection of the highest quality" (Baltimore Sun), The Hermit's Storyshows Rick Bass at the top of his form.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780618380442
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 9/1/2003
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 194
  • Sales rank: 598,641
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.45 (d)

Meet the Author

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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 26, 2005

    Stories you can't forget...

    I started reading this book thinking the stories were somewhat unusual, but entertaining. With each story I read I became more involved with the book. I couldn't leave the book home, had to carry it in my purse, always. After I'd read some of the stories several times, I decided to set the book on my coffee table. It's been on the table or in my bag for a year. I can't put it away. The stories tell of places I want to be, characters I want to spend time with. The story 'Swans' is so perfectly constructed that you can taste the snow, feel the wind on your face, see your own hands crinkle with age as you read. 'Two Deer' is a story so pure I began remembering it as my own memory, confusing Rick Bass's town, with my own. This book opens up new worlds, different ways of looking at what's in front of us. I urge everyone who loves a good story to get their hands on this book. Not my copy, though. I keep it very close by.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 30, 2012

    Exceptionally beautiful writing with strong, unforgettable chara

    Exceptionally beautiful writing with strong, unforgettable characters, environment, and profound insights. Highly recommended. This book will stay on your shelf long after you read it.

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