The Hermit’s Story

The Hermit’s Story by Rick Bass is a collection of stories noteworthy for its subtlety, insight, and economy of language. Each of these stories is set against the backdrop of nature’s stark, brutal beauty as counterpoint to the ugliness and decay that life so often brings. Men’s bodies break down, marriage relationships lose their vigor, and the idealisms of youth must face the betrayals of reality. Bass manages to find dignity in these degradations of time, and simplicity in lives lived amidst the unforgiving terrain of the American West.

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