The Lives of Rocks

by Rick Bass


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. 
 
"Exquisite work. If it's your first encounter with Bass, it won't be your last." 
Rocky Mountain News 
 
"Bass captures quiet human truths amidst his astonishing portraits of life in the wilderness." 
People 
 
"The Lives of Rocks digs deeply into the human condition. [These are] highly polished gems to be turned over in the mind, again and again." 
Seattle Times 
 
Rick Bass is the author of many acclaimed books of nonfiction and fiction, including The Diezmo and The Sky, The Stars, and The Wilderness. His first short story collection, The Watch, received the PEN/Nelson Algren Award, and his collection The Hermit's Story was selected as a Los Angeles Times Best Book of the Year. Bass's stories have also been awarded the Pushcart Prize and the O. Henry Award, among other honors.

  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN-13/ EAN: 9780618919666
  • ISBN-10: 061891966X
  • Pages: 224
  • Publication Date: 10/17/2007
  • Carton Quantity: 24

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  • About the Book

    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..

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    "One of this country's most intelligent and sensitive short-story writers." The New York Times Book Review
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