Search Results: "Robert Olmstead"


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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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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SAVAGE COUNTRY by Robert Olmstead
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 26, 2017

"Another gorgeous, brutal masterpiece from a great American writer."
Hunting the last of the buffalo. Read full book review >

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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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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ROBERT KENNEDY by Evan Thomas
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 13, 2000

"A compelling re-telling of one of the saddest and most intriguing life stories in American politics."
Newsweek assistant managing editor Thomas (The Very Best Men, 1995, etc.) enlivens his engrossing RFK biography with fresh interviews and the use of previously restricted sources. Read full book review >

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ROBERT FROST by Jay Parini
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 1999

"Parini's life magnificently details how Frost, through fortitude and lifelong dedication to craft, sought to heed his own advice to be whole again beyond confusion. (16 pages b&w photos, not seen) (Author tour)"
Parini, a poet (House of Days, 1998), biographer (John Steinbeck, 1995), and novelist (Benjamin's Crossing, 1998), delivers a sensitive life of Frost that highlights the poet's struggle to find light and stability in an existence filled with darkness and chaos. Read full book review >

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Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"At a time when the biographical form is inspiring much-needed experimentation, Seymour's straightforward approach seems old- fashioned, although sturdy. (16 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
A competent but unimaginative life of the bardic English classicist, novelist, and poet. ``I could fall in love with my big toe if I wanted to,'' declared the contradictory Graves (18951985), notorious puritan and inveterate womanizer who held court for years at his home on the Spanish island of Majorca and is best known for his meditations on woman as muse in The White Goddess (1948), et al. Read full book review >