For a Little While by Rick Bass audiobook

For a Little While: New and Selected Stories

By Rick Bass
Read by Rick Bass

Little, Brown & Company 9780316381154
17.66 Hours Unabridged
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The definitive collection of stories—new and old—from Rick Bass, “an American classic” (Newsweek). For the past three decades Rick Bass, long considered one of the most gifted practitioners of the short story, has been unsurpassed in his ability to perceive and portray the enduring truths of the human heart. To read his fiction is to feel more alive—connected, incandescently, to “the brief longshot of having been chosen for the human experience,” as one of his characters puts it. These pages reveal men and women living with passion and tenderness at the outer limits of the senses, each attempting to triumph against fate. In the timeless and much-loved “The Hermit’s Story,” a couple escapes a sudden blizzard by traversing a frozen lake-beneath the ice-while oft-anthologized treasures like “The Watch” and “The Fireman” provide searing insights into the complexity of family and romantic entanglements, whether it’s a cantankerous father and son in the jungle of a Mississippi bayou, or a troubled marriage haunted and cleansed by house fires. In “How She Remembers It,” Bass’s latest Pushcart Prize winner, a twelve-year-old girl takes her first trip to Yellowstone with her beloved father, who, unbeknownst to her, is losing his memory. In other new stories we meet an ancient, once-vital matriarch refusing all attempts to lease her oil-rich land; a teenage boy rescuing a truck from the river in which his father drowned; an alcoholic logger seeking absolution and renewal amid the ancient ruins of South America; and a father protecting his daughters from a mountain lion on a trip to harvest a Christmas tree gone awry. Bass’s lush and striking language pulls us ineluctably into the lives of these engaging characters and their surroundings. These intricate stories—brimming with magic and wonder, filled with hard-won empathy, marbled throughout with astonishing imagery—have the power both to devastate and to uplift. For a Little While showcases an iconic American master at his peak, and is a breathtaking work of literature every fiction reader must own.

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Summary

Summary

A New York Times Editor’s Choice 

The definitive collection of stories—new and old—from Rick Bass, “an American classic” (Newsweek).

For the past three decades Rick Bass, long considered one of the most gifted practitioners of the short story, has been unsurpassed in his ability to perceive and portray the enduring truths of the human heart. To read his fiction is to feel more alive—connected, incandescently, to “the brief longshot of having been chosen for the human experience,” as one of his characters puts it.

These pages reveal men and women living with passion and tenderness at the outer limits of the senses, each attempting to triumph against fate. In the timeless and much-loved “The Hermit’s Story,” a couple escapes a sudden blizzard by traversing a frozen lake-beneath the ice-while oft-anthologized treasures like “The Watch” and “The Fireman” provide searing insights into the complexity of family and romantic entanglements, whether it’s a cantankerous father and son in the jungle of a Mississippi bayou, or a troubled marriage haunted and cleansed by house fires.

In “How She Remembers It,” Bass’s latest Pushcart Prize winner, a twelve-year-old girl takes her first trip to Yellowstone with her beloved father, who, unbeknownst to her, is losing his memory. In other new stories we meet an ancient, once-vital matriarch refusing all attempts to lease her oil-rich land; a teenage boy rescuing a truck from the river in which his father drowned; an alcoholic logger seeking absolution and renewal amid the ancient ruins of South America; and a father protecting his daughters from a mountain lion on a trip to harvest a Christmas tree gone awry. Bass’s lush and striking language pulls us ineluctably into the lives of these engaging characters and their surroundings.

These intricate stories—brimming with magic and wonder, filled with hard-won empathy, marbled throughout with astonishing imagery—have the power both to devastate and to uplift. For a Little While showcases an iconic American master at his peak, and is a breathtaking work of literature every fiction reader must own.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Convincing in every physical, mental, and emotional detail.” Joyce Carol Oates, New York Times bestselling author
“[These] stories…display clarity and heart and moral vision, and glow like a well-stoked wood stove.” New York Times
“Bass has used the short story form to pursue a searing vision of life…His people are almost always extraordinarily deep feelers, often wracked with pain…[but] their eyes are wide open to the natural beauty around them.” Chicago Tribune
“This is nature writing that goes beyond pretty description; how the characters respond emotionally to the landscape is what makes the prose transcendent.” San Francisco Chronicle
“Bass handles language itself as a gift as essential as water…A collection of enrapturing radiance and depth, a beacon and a hearth.” Booklist (starred review)
“A benchmark collection of stories…Bass writes movingly of the land, weather, and place as well—even when the place isn’t always attractive, such as the dark edges of little Western towns…Essential reading for students of the modern American short story.” Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“As narrator, Bass uses a deliberate pace and perfect pauses… and allows his intonation to linger intimately in places as he describes them…In Bass’s voice, these moments come to life, and listeners are elevated by the experience.” AudioFile

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Author

Author Bio: Rick Bass

Author Bio: Rick Bass

Rick Bass is an American author of numerous award-winning works of fiction and nonfiction. His memoir Why I Came West was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. His short fiction, which has appeared in the New Yorker, the Atlantic, Esquire, and the Paris Review, as well as numerous times in Best American Short Stories, has earned him multiple O. Henry Awards and Pushcart Prizes as well as NEA and Guggenheim fellowships. He was born and raised in Texas, worked as a petroleum geologist in Mississippi, and has lived in Montana’s Yaak Valley for almost three decades.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, CD
Category: Fiction
Runtime: 17.66
Audience: Adult
Language: English