Platte River

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University of Nebraska Press, 2007 - Fiction - 145 pages
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Rick Bass is one of the foremost writers of his generation, charging headlong past the hard surface of modern life to illuminate human beings and their relationship to the natural world. Platte River is a collection of three novellas, each a singular exploration of the human heart set against the backdrop of God's creation.    Filled with arresting images—chinook winds flying through a valley, couples skating in the dark on thin ice, tools made from animal bones, a delicate shape frozen in a river—“Mahatma Joe” is about an evangelist who settles in Grass Valley, Montana, and the woman who becomes obsessed with his vision of the world. In “Field Events” a woman falls in love with a man even larger than her discus-tossing brothers. And the title novella, “Platte River,” portrays one man's lyric meditation on loneliness, the nature of peace, and the quest for love.

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User Review  - Roberto - Goodreads

Right away I fell in love with Bass' writing, which is kind of homely and lyrical and timeless. The stories were fable-like, deeply rooted in the natural world and dreamy like watching an old Western ... Read full review

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User Review  - Jennifer - Goodreads

Fantastic book. The middle story especially made me think long after I finished it. A quick read. Read full review

About the author (2007)

Rick Bass, a recipient of the PEN/Nelson Algren Award in 1988, is the author of numerous short stories, novels, and nonfiction works, including The Diezmo: A Novel and The Roadless Yaak: Reflections and Observations About One of Our Last Great Wilderness Areas.

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