Books by Robert Bausch

Robert Bausch is the author of four novels and a collection of short stories. His most recent novel, A Hole in the Earth was a New York Times, Notable Book of the Year as well as a Washington Post Book World, Favorite Book of the Year. He has been a teach


IN THE FALL THEY COME BACK by Robert Bausch
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 12, 2017

"Vivid details and tricky situations fail to come together to create a compelling or meaningful story."
A young teacher mismanages relationships with his students at a small private school in Virginia. Read full book review >
THE LEGEND OF JESSE SMOKE by Robert Bausch
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 30, 2016

"Those unfamiliar with football will be heartened to learn that the game's moves, strategy, and terminology are explained well enough that they'll be able to appreciate just how thoroughly la femme here kicks male derrière."
This sports-hero entertainment conjures up a woman who can play professional football in a book that isn't overly serious about such social issues. Read full book review >
FAR AS THE EYE CAN SEE by Robert Bausch
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 4, 2014

"With a setting gleaming with historical accuracy and a protagonist whose voice is right out of Twain, Bausch's novel is a worthy addition to America's Western literary canon, there to share shelf space with The Big Sky, Little Big Man and Lonesome Dove."
Bausch (Out of Season, 2005, etc.) rides into frontier America for a tale of a Civil War veteran weary of "trouble and slaughter."Read full book review >
OUT OF SEASON by Robert Bausch
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 12, 2005

"Bausch gets the quirks and rhythms of a small town in decline exactly right."
As autumn descends on an Atlantic coastal resort town that's seen better days, a quartet of characters haunted by the past collide in a moving novel. Read full book review >
THE GYPSY MAN by Robert Bausch
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"Bausch (A Hole in the Earth, 2000, etc.) wisely avoids the sensational, the sentimental, the easy effect, but maybe too scrupulously: his tale of lost souls lacks a certain poignancy or poetry that could make it more memorable."
A sober, unadorned tale of backwoods villagers who fear a murderer stalks their young. Read full book review >
A HOLE IN THE EARTH by Robert Bausch
Released: Aug. 1, 2000

"A few narrative excesses aside: trenchant, funny, occasionally profound, and always surprising. "
Mid-life crisis hardly describes the maelstrom that engulfs history teacher Henry Porter in his 39th summer, traced by Bausch (Almighty Me, 1991, etc.) in his finest and most complete novel yet.. Read full book review >
ALMIGHTY ME by Robert Bausch
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 1, 1991

A spacey comic fable about the limits of love, even when you have the power of God: Bausch's third novel (On the Way Home, The Lives of Riley Chance) and a likable chronicle of the dissolution of one man's marriage. Charlie Wiggins is a top car-salesman whose wife, Dorothy, is having the protypical American midlife crisis: She's taken up jogging and feminism, gone back to college for a degree in literature, doesn't care anymore to do laundry or cook for Charlie and their two children. It all sounds too familiar, and Charlie's idea of love is so uncomfortably claustrophobic that we don't really like either one of them. But when a stranger named Chet gives Charlie the power of God for one year, the fireworks begin. Charlie soon learns that while he can make himself into a math whiz or even a hero, he can't compel Dorothy to love him: to do so would be the same as creating ``an inflatable doll.'' What's more, his unconscious desires, set loose by his Godhead, can do terrible things-like burn down his in-laws' house. Even resurrection has grotesque consequences. In fact, the job description here for God is so fraught with complexity that it eventually instructs and inspires Charlie. After several comic disasters involving his boss and secretary, he stops trying to design anybody's happiness. He even realizes that his only course is to let his beloved go. This Charlie does, but not before indulging himself with a trick played upon Chet and the Almighty- a paradox that aims to take the tragedy out of human existence. Bausch is an adept ringmaster, with much on his mind concerning the state of the beleaguered institution of marriage. He isn't Tolstoy, but, then, Tolstoy never had to deal with a world quite the same as this. Read full book review >