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In the Loyal Mountains

“Bass’s fiction takes us to the borders of civilization, where we glimpse an untamed world of myth and mystery” (Entertainment Weekly).

In this “moving and self-assured collection” of short fiction, enormous pigs charge through the streets and root under houses; a woman runs up and down mountains; children don wolf masks to chase a boy through the woods; and a man remembers his youth in the Texas hill country, when he joined in his uncle’s raucous escapades (Publishers Weekly, starred review).

Here, the award-winning author of Platte River and other acclaimed works, renowned for his insightful portrayals of people and their interactions with the natural world, “expresses his profound love of the wild. His sense of the magnificent and bewildering complexity of life infuses each of the haunting short stories in this strong collection” (Booklist).

Rick Bass

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, and his memoir, Why I Came West, was a finalist for a National Book Critics Circle Award.

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