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Counter Rick Bass's best fiction yet , and the most varied collection he has ever published, The Hermit's Story introduces both new stories and pieces previously published in some of the country's finest periodicals. In the title story, a man and a woman travel across an eerily frozen lake--under the ice. "The Distance" casts a skeptical eye on Thomas Jefferson through the lens of a Montana man's visit to Monticello. "Eating" begins with an owl being sucked into a canoe and ends with a man eating a town out of house and home. Other stories include "The Cave," "The Fireman," "Swans," "The Prisoners," "Presidents' Day," "Real Town," and "Two Deer." Two of these stories have appeared in The Best American Short Stories, but every selection in this book is remarkable.

Library of Congress subject headings for this publication: United States Social life and customs 20th century Fiction