The Bully of Order

By Brian Hart


Product Details

Price: $15.99  $14.71
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Published Date: September 22, 2015
Pages: 400
Dimensions: 5.8 X 1.0 X 8.5 inches | 0.65 pounds
ISBN: 9780062297754

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About the Author

A native of Idaho, Brian Hart won the Keener Prize for Literature from the University of Texas at Austin and received an MFA from the Michener Center for Writers there. He is the author of the novel Then Came the Evening. His second novel, The Bully of Order, was a finalist for the Chautauqua Prize. He lives in Idaho with his wife and daughter.


"This crackling, lightning-bolt energy and patient attention to even the lowest of characters recalls the work of Denis Johnson...helped along by an energizing sense of humor and a virtuosic control of plot...Hart has created a Dickensian portrait of the barely settled Pacific Northwest."--New York Times Book Review
"Hart's sense of place is brilliant...There are dazzling characterizations...[and] a dense, deep and illuminating narrative...of greed and ambition and of fathers and sons...Think the brutal realities of McCarthy's Blood Meridian set among the primeval forests of the Pacific Northwest frontier."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
"After a relatively quiet debut, Brian Hart has come back with a stunning second novel-a work would qualify as a lifetime achievement for most writers. You do not have to read very far to see that Brian Hart has vaulted squarely into the first rank of American novelists."--Philipp Meyer, author of The Son
"Brian Hart's THE BULLY OF ORDER does what only the best works of fiction can do: it brilliantly imagines those parts of life that history all too often fails to record. This is a thoroughly engrossing story told in mesmerizing prose. I highly recommend it."--Kevin Powers, author of The Yellow Birds
"Brian Hart writes like a dream. In this haunting, often brutal tale of failed fathers and abandoned sons, set in the logging industry a century ago, are scenes of aching beauty."--James Magnuson, author of The Hounds of Winter
"Mesmerizing...Hart has conjured a singular, searing world. When you step into this novel you submit to its dream... you believe in his large gift that leaves you stunned and breathless. A wonderful, unique portrait of a particular landscape I now see anew."--Amanda Coplin, author of The Orchardist
"An epic novel of violence, depravity, and mayhem...Brian Hart writes like Cormac McCarthy in overdrive. What talent, what nerve, what a wondrous and spellbinding book. THE BULLY OF ORDER is part creation myth, part apocalyptic thriller, and it's peopled with charlatans, swindlers, and murderers who will haunt your dreams."--John Dufresne, author of No Regrets, Coyote
"Ambitious and beautifully harsh . . . Hart's stunning language builds into a textured and wonderfully thorny book. . . . Its huge scope and panoramic sympathies make it compelling and immersive...Bully of Order warmed and saddened and wondered me like the life of Huckleberry Finn."--Dallas Morning News
"Not a writer of half-measures, Hart brilliantly re-creates the rugged life in the Pacific Northwest logging camps of the 1890s. A riveting, powerful tale."--Library Journal
"Brilliant... Hart paints a vivid picture of the brutality and venality of the old Northwest Territories."--Austin American-Statesman
"THE BULLY OF ORDER possesses a strange magnetism...its irresistible, multi-layered plotline will tug you all the way through a story that captures the gritty lawlessness of the Northwest's beginnings."--High Country News
"A very robust story about where I'm living now, Oregon. It's about sheer madness and effort that went into logging in that area of the country in the 1800s. It's really an epic historical tale, and he's a fantastic writer."--Smith Henderson, author of Fourth of July Creek
"A brilliant second novel... Hart's prose is dense and lyrically savage."--Publishers Weekly (starred review)