The Lives of Rocks by Rick Bass

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A New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice A Rocky Mountain News Best Book of the Year Finalist for the Story Prize

At once expertly crafted and undeniably moving, these ten stories deftly explore our immutable connection with nature. The centerpiece of the collection is the arresting title story, in which a woman alone in her mountain cabin confronts a terminal illness. In the equally remarkable “Her First Elk,” the same character recalls her most memorable and significant hunting experience. Set in locations ranging from Montana to Texas to Mississippi, the remaining stories further illuminate the consequences of our attitudes toward the environment and each other. This masterly collection lays bare the essentials of life with unparalleled passion and grace..

About Rick Bass

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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.
Published October 17, 2007 by Mariner Books. 229 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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In what could stand as Bass’s artistic credo, the narrator says, “I am trying to let the land tell me who and what I am—trying to let it pace and direct me, until it is as if I have become part of it.” The title story is the longest and richest, an almost magical tale of a woman—the now-grownup g...

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Rick Bass makes his home in one of the most scenic swaths of America — Montana’s Yaak Valley, of which he has written often and eloquently — but he grew up in Houston.

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