Books by Robert Olmstead

THE COLDEST NIGHT by Robert Olmstead
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 3, 2012

"An exceptionally fine study of love, war and the double-edged role of memory, which can both sustain and destroy. Prize-winning material."
It's extremes that rivet us in Olmstead's searing seventh novel: the heaven of first love; the hell of the battlefield. Read full book review >
FAR BRIGHT STAR by Robert Olmstead
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 26, 2009

"Brutal, tender and magnificent."
A veteran soldier battles for survival in another meditative, beautifully written novel from Olmstead (Coal Black Horse, 2007, etc.). Read full book review >
COAL BLACK HORSE by Robert Olmstead
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 10, 2007

"Powerful and poetic."
The Civil War turns a boy into a man in Olmstead's latest novel (after Stay Here with Me, 1996, etc.). Read full book review >
STAY HERE WITH ME by Robert Olmstead
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 1996

"Written with great-hearted love and compassion in a language full of human longing and frailty, this is a book for anyone who was once young."
With a simplicity of language belying a deeply rich and subtle imagery, novelist Olmstead (American by Land, 1993, etc.) produces a variegated narrative, dreamlike in its reflection of passing youth yet rooted in the earthy prose of farm life, and always achingly hued by an 18-year-old's nascent awareness of mortality. Read full book review >
AMERICA BY LAND by Robert Olmstead
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 1993

"Very fine and real: a moving portrait of the heart's own sojourn."
Olmstead strikes out for parts unknown in his third novel: a road story that carries us deep into the American Southwest and far beyond the velleities of his previous work (A Trail of Heart's Blood Wherever We Go, 1990; Soft Water, 1988). Read full book review >
Released: June 25, 1990

"A deeply unsatisfying work."
Olmstead returns to rural New England (territory familiar from his 88 Soft Water) for his second novel: a dispiriting mishmash of domestic trivia, male-bonding rituals, and backwoods black comedy. Read full book review >
SOFT WATER by Robert Olmstead
Released: March 12, 1988

"Half and half: crisply observed set-pieces robustly written, the whole placed into an ambience of made-for-TV soap."
Olmstead's first novel is a drawn out melodrama of love and underworld murder in rural New England. Read full book review >
RIVER DOGS by Robert Olmstead
Released: April 3, 1987

"In all, some genuine energies (and occasional beauties) pushing their way through much that's standard."
Hard-boiled stories about the working class in rural New England that consist about half of standard tropes in the current let's-be-laconic genre and about half of a native energy that pulls them on. Read full book review >