Rick Bass was brought up in Houston, Texas and, for about a
decade after leaving college, worked as a gas and oil geologist
in Jackson, Mississippi (where he started writing short stories
in his lunch breaks) before moving to the Yaak Valley in the
northern Rockies, near the Idaho-Montana-Canada border in 1987
with his wife, Elizabeth Hughes, who has illustrated some of his
more than 20 books. All three locations play a part in
this collection of ten short stories which share two predominant themes - humanity's gluttony
for nature, and teenagers finding their way into adulthood.
In the opening story, "Pagans", three teenagers play dangerous games in a polluted river near Houston; in "Goats", two young boys intent on being farmers in the suburbs of Houston, try their hand at ...
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