Books: Old Ground

Rick Bass stays too close to home in his first novel

Montana author Rick Bass is a magical realist of eerie skill who takes readers deep into the natural world along paths that have no reasonable compass bearing and that don't lead easily back to the comfort of pavement. Drop your trail of breadcrumbs as you venture into The Lost Grizzlies, a long, moody essay, or The Sky, The Stars, The Wilderness, a strange, brilliant book of short stories.

Fiction or not, Bass's work is all of a piece, a desperate, eloquent defense of wild places, and it is not surprising to find that his first novel, Where the Sea Used...

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