Time Tested Books is very proud to present a reading and signing with Bruce Holbert--author of the stunning debut novel Lonesome Animals--on Thursday, October 11th, at 7:00pm. The book has been receiving very strong praise from very high places--and with very good reason.....In Lonesome Animals, Holbert completely reinvents the Western Novel, the Crime Novel and the Noir Novel--and turns the dialectic of "Literary Fiction" versus "Genre Fiction" into a very difficult proposition indeed. He also presents the world through one of the most darkly memorable antiheroes in literary history: Russell Strawl, aging ex-lawman and ruthless killer, hired by three counties to track down and reckon with a serial killer who's been mutilating his Native American victims' corpses in ways that can only be described as "memorable". The time and place is depression-era Washington State, where the nihilism and lawlessness of the frontier still hang in the air and echo in the memories of the living--but the language and the sense of place and the insights into the human animal are better described in such terms as biblical, harrowing, astonishing, breathtaking. Rarely has such dark and frightening material been rendered so beautifully and in such depth; the book is a masterpiece and puts Holbert firmly in the tradition of giants: Cormac McCarthy, Charles Portis and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle come to mind. Bruce's appearance at TTB is not to be missed!
Bruce Holbert grew up in the country described in Lonesome Animals, a combination of Washington's rocky scabland farms and desert brush at the foot of the Okanogan Mountains. He is a graduate of the University of Iowa Writers Workshop, and his award-winning writings have appeared in The Iowa Review, Hotel Amerika, Other Voices, The Antioch Review, Cairn, RiverLit, The New Orleans Review, and The Daily Iowan. Holbert's great-grandfather, Arthur Strahl, was an Indian scout and among the first settlers of the Grand Coulee. A fictionalized Strahl is the subject of Lonesome Animals.
Lonesome Animals is currently in stock at TTB.
The event is on Thursday, October 11th, at 7:00pm, and is FREE and open to the public.