Bruce Holbert with Richard Chiem
A resident of Nine Mile Falls—way over in the eastern part of Washington—and pretty much a lifelong resident of country dominated by the Columbia River’s course through the state, Bruce Holbert is one of the most acclaimed fiction writers to call the region home. He follows earlier books The Hour of Lead (winner of a Washington State Book Award) and Lonesome Animals, with his fierce new novel, Whiskey (MCD/Farrar, Straus & Giroux).
“[An] impressive novel . . . Like Cormac McCarthy, another bard of the modern West’s brutality, Holbert finds beauty and cruelty in the land, in the tease and punch of eloquently elliptical dialogue, and in the way humans struggle for love, self-knowledge, and a grip on life . . . He writes terse prose whittled to essentials and grained with vernacular . . . His characters may well brand a reader’s memory. A gut-punch of a bleak family saga that satisfies on many levels.” —Kirkus Reviews.
"Holbert returns with a violent, gruesome, and beautiful tale that . . . is perversely winning . . . The violence in this rangy, brilliant narrative is often grotesque, but this excess is tempered by dry humor, wonderful dialogue, and dark wisdom." —Publishers Weekly.
With Bruce Holbert this evening, in conversation, will be Seattle fiction writer Richard Chiem, author of You Private Person.