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All the Land to Hold Us

By Rick Bass, 1958-

A strange and powerful landscape summons strange and powerful happenings

Rick Bass brings a lyrical lushness to the harsh backdrop of West Texas in his masterfully crafted fourth novel. All the Land to Hold Us is a sweeping tale of those who live on the desert’s edge, where riches—precious artifacts, oil, water, love—can all be found and lost again in an instant.

Roaming across the salt flats and skirting the salt lake, Richard, a geologist working for an oil company, hunts for fossils under the spell of Clarissa, the local beauty who plans to use her share of their plunder to get out of small, dusty Midland for good. A generation earlier, a Depression-era couple, Max and Marie Omo, numbly mines for salt along the banks of the briny lake until the emotional terrain of their marriage is suddenly and irrevocably altered. The strange, surreal arrival of a runaway circus elephant, careening across the sand, sets in motion Marie’s final break from Max and heralds the beginning of her second chance. Consequences reverberate through the years and the dunes when Marie becomes indelibly linked to Richard’s own second act.

With a cast of characters rounded out by a one-legged-treasure-hunter, a renegade teacher, and an unforgettable elephant trainer, All the Land to Hold Us is a vivid portrait of a fierce place and the inimitable characters that possess the capacity to adapt to and also despoil it. The novel boasts all the hallmarks of Bass’s most enduring work—human longing and greed, nature endangered, and the possibility for redemption are all writ large on his desert canvas.

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Book

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Publish Date

2013

ISBN

9780547687124


Format: Book
Author: Bass, Rick, 1958-
Title: All the land to hold us / Rick Bass.
Publisher Date: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, [2013]
Subject: Texas, West -- Fiction.
Isbn: 9780547687124 0547687125
Current Holds: 0
System Items Available: 1
System Items Total: 1
Call Number: F Bass
Oclc: 801441055
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Bib Id: 442516

Format: Book
Author: Bass, Rick, 1958-
Title: All the land to hold us / Rick Bass.
Publisher, Date: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, [2013]
Description: x, 324 pages ; 24 cm
Subjects: Texas, West -- Fiction.
LCCN: 2013019224
ISBN: 9780547687124
ISBN: 0547687125
Requests: 0
Available Copies: 1
Total Copies: 1
Call Number: F Bass