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Far Bright Star

by Robert Olmstead

Far Bright Star
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  • First Published:
    May 2009, 207 pages
    May 2010, 240 pages

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Kim Kovacs

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A tightly wound novel that is as moving as it is terrifying

Pancho VillaThe plot of Far Bright Star is a relatively simple one, and for that reason you probably won't find much detail about it in reviews. It's so straightforward that little information about it can be relayed to potential readers without injecting some sort of spoiler. Really, though, this isn't a book that one reads for its plot; its true appeal is the quality of the author's writing.

Far Bright Star compares very favorably to Cormac McCarthy's Border Trilogy. Olmstead's narrative, like McCarthy's, is beautiful and spare, almost poetic, and his style is utterly unique. He skillfully paints vivid pictures of the American Southwest at the turn of the century, conveying the sights, sounds and even the smells of the place with tremendous accuracy. More importantly, the author conjures up a perfect sense of atmosphere. He ...

About the Author
Robert Olmstead is the author of six previous books. Coal Black Horse was the winner of the Heartland Prize for Fiction and the Ohioana Award, was a #1 Book Sense Pick, and was a Borders Original Voices pick. Olmstead is the recipient of a Guggenheim fellowship and an NEA grant, and he is a professor at Ohio Wesleyan University.

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