The Dying Grass: A Novel of the Nez Perce War

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6.0 X 8.9 X 2.2 inches | 2.6 pounds

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About the Author

William T. Vollmann is the author of ten novels, including Europe Central, which won the National Book Award. He has also written four collections of stories, including The Atlas, which won the PEN Center USA West Award for Fiction, a memoir, and six works of nonfiction, including Rising Up and Rising Down and Imperial, both of which were finalists for the National Book Critics Circle Award. He is the recipient of a Whiting Writers Award and the Strauss Living Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. His journalism and fiction have been published in The New Yorker, Harpers, Esquire, Granta, and many other publications.


Praise for The Dying Grass

"A novel of incredible significance and power. . .the reading experience of a lifetime. . .what Vollmann has done is nothing short of miraculous: He has taken a story whose ending is well known, yet he has made us wonder how it will end. . .A masterpiece that delivers us to the far shore of our past, a past that is still at war with the ghosts of its decisions. The Dying Grass is brilliant and alive."--David Treuer, The Washington Post

"A novel as involving and beautifully assembled as any this year. . .the writing has a pleasing aural quality that keeps the pages turning almost on their own...[the story] whistles ahead with the grace and speed of an arrow."--Sam Sacks, The Wall Street Journal

"Vollmann is one of the most idiosyncratic and challenging novelists at work today. The Dying Grass, like his other works, daringly pushes at the edges of the novel as a form while at the same time demanding that the reader sit up and pay attention." --Jane Smiley, The New York Times Book Review

"Nothing less than Vollmann's inventive telling these events are rendered with an unstinting detail and vigorous immediacy that feels startling and new. Swept along in streams of dialogue interspersed with vivid descriptive passages that call to mind the invention of Melville and the poetry of Whitman, the reader bears witness to the chaotic melee of pitched battle...the most remarkable thing about this novel is not how long it is, but how good it is." - The Seattle Times

"An uncompromising artistic achievement, a critical and heartfelt retelling of America's evolution." - The Philadelphia Inquirer

"[Vollmann's] artistic efforts and stamina are unparalleled...As in all his work, Vollmann manifests striking images...moments of grim humor...and poignancy." - The Portland Oregonian

"Stunning. . .The indefatigable, seeming inexhaustible Vollmann returns with another impossibly long - and peerless - book, this one an epic study of the Nez Perce War of 1877. . .Vollmann restores that history with an onrushing immediacy that takes on all the contours of a good Greek tragedy. . .Vollmann's vivid reconstruction is believable and achingly beautiful. . .a note-perfect incantation."-- Kirkus Reviews

"A colossal, ravishingly descriptive, adeptly omniscient novel...Vollmann's rampaging, reflective, absurd, ironic, tragic, and poetic epic is supported by a painstakingly compiled chronology, glossaries, and copious notes. Yet for all this documentation, this is a work of grand invention, creative empathy, and holistic interpretation.. . This virtuoso, polyphonic saga of invasion, resistance, forced exodus, and conquest flows, whirls, and mesmerizes with riverine dynamics, and it is as large, encompassing, and deeply felt as it needs to be to do justice to its momentous subject." --Booklist (starred review)

"Offers a panoramic view of the era and the decades leading up to it...Vollmann's prose is evocative and often lyrical, trailing down the page like free verse. . .To his credit, Vollmann is as interested in context and history as in storytelling...This massive novel is sometimes challenging, but ultimately rewarding." --Publishers Weekly (boxed review)