The Hour of Lead


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Counterpoint LLC
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6.1 X 1.2 X 9.1 inches | 1.35 pounds
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About the Author

Bruce Holbert is a graduate of the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop. His work has appeared in The Iowa Review, Hotel Amerika, Other Voices, The Antioch Review, Crab Creek Review, West Wind Review, Cairn and The New York Times. Bruce Holbert grew up on the Columbia River in the shadow of the Grand Coulee and a stone's throw from the Okanogan Mountains. His great-grandfather was an Indian scout and among the first settlers of the Grand Coulee.


Praise for The Hour of Lead

"The rugged land and lives of rural Eastern Washington form the setting for Bruce Holbert's riveting and beautifully written new novel... a portrait of a disappearing way of life, lovingly told in gorgeous and moving prose." --Seattle Times

"Holbert has been compared to Cormac McCarthy, but really he brings to mind the early John Steinbeck, as in To a God Unknown, with its melodrama and twisted pantheism." --Booklist

"Holbert's characters, defined by their temperaments or their sins, are unforgettable... The Hour of Lead (the title comes from Emily Dickinson) captures the reader in the first daring chapter and, with prose that builds to a driving rhythm, holds on until the end. This is a fine novel and a masterful tribute to the "late" pioneers, men and women who grew up in remote areas of Washington State where, unconnected by good roads or north-south passenger trains, they learned the value of hard work and fair play. Highly recommended." --Historical Novel Society

"Bruce Holbert is a lyrical, soulful chronicler of our ever-changing West." --Jess Walter, Beautiful Ruins

"Holbert's powerful work echoes the romance of America's Western experience. A masterpiece." --Kirkus Starred Review

"Holbert's clever conclusion offers several surprising twist and some satisfaction" --Publishers Weekly