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Author: Rick Bass Narrator: Kevin Orton Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2015 ISBN: 9781470392857
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From one of our most gifted writers, a novel of seekers that spans three generations set amid the harsh terrain of west Texas

Rick Bass proves once again that strange and powerful landscapes summon strange and powerful happenings in his masterfully crafted fourth novel. Adding lushness to a harsh desert backdrop, All the Land to Hold Us interweaves multiple narratives of the residents of Midland: oil and gas wildcatters, salt miners, high school football players (this is Texas, after all), a lonely widower, a spinster Mormon school teacher amid Baptists, a one-legged treasure hunter, and a local beauty dreaming of bigger things. They are connected not only by place, but also by human longing. Bass’ unmistakable voice is showcased and the hallmarks of his work—environment, endangered innocence, human greed, regret, and redemption—are all writ large on this canvas. The strands of All the Land to Hold Us bind together place and the persons who adapt to, and ultimately, despoil it.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A strong novel that spotlights what humanity does to the land without acknowledging its costs.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Bass’ is the type of writing a reader will linger over, rereading passages and savoring the lovely, lonely language he’s constructed.”

    Library Journal

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About the Author

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.

About the Narrator

Kevin Orton is a musician, composer, and actor. He performed in the 1999 Broadway revival of Amadeus and has appeared in numerous other New York and regional theater productions, as well as on television and in film. As a musician, he is most noted for composing and performing original music in the Tony Award–winning production of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night.