For a Little While

for a little while cover image For a Little While

Rick Bass
Short Stories
Little, Brown & Company
Hardcover, 480 pages

Another volume of short stories (does this say something about our attention span these days?) comes from that master commentator of the Anthropocene, Rick Bass. These are powerful and poignant stories both vintage and new that secure Bass’s place in the pantheon of environmental literature. His deep connection both to the wild and to humanity anchors this collection and shows how both are sacred. With so few words Bass says so much and draws an everyman character of each of his neighbors in the Yaak Valley of  northwestern Montana who populate these tales. This book will not disappoint.