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Lonesome Animals was named as a Best Book of 2012 by both The Seattle Times and Slate, a literary debut sparking with beautiful language set against the rugged landscape of 1920s Washington state. Holbert returns with The Hour of Lead, an epic family novel and coming of age story that is once again imbibed with the mythology of the west.

After losing both his twin and his f
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Hardcover, 400 pages
Published July 15th 2014 by Counterpoint (first published June 16th 2014)
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karen
another brilliantly-written and unapologetically brutal addition to the grit lit category.

this one covers about seventy years of circumstances, it starts out bleak without ever letting up, and its second movement ends with one of the most infuckingsanely blood-drenched scenes i have ever read.

you know who you are.

this is a book that unflinchingly explores the mythos of the west: the violence and the loneliness, the stoicism and the self-imposed exile, the comfort of work and the weight of the p
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Tuck
kick ass eastern washington grit lit or how far will you go to keep your dream alive? all the way?
Karin
So much shock value in this book - and most of it is weird and gross. The actual story is ok.
Aalap Chikhalikar
Excellent writing, I've found the American Coetzee where every sentence packs a punch.
Jane Dugger
I wasn't too sure I liked this book after reading the first part but it turned into a page-turner.

Fantastic writing!!!!

This would be a great book for discussion. Be advised it is a bit graphic.
Ray
Jan 26, 2015 Ray rated it 4 of 5 stars
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A land where women are as tough as the men but, guns and weather trump all. A brutal, poetic love story. A slow ride at first then a full gallop near the end.
Steven O'Brien
Needlessly savage. Characters with ambiguous motivations. Tries to bridge dime store grit lit with Cormac McCarthy prose. Unsuccessfully.
Patrick Schultheis
I really liked it. Solid characters, well written. Plot meandered occasionally but finished strong
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Bruce Holbert grew up in the country described in Lonesome Animals, a combination of rocky scabland farms and desert brush at the foot of the Okanogan Mountains. What once was the Columbia River, harnessed now by a series of reservoirs and dams, dominates the topography. Holbert’s great-grandfather, Arthur Strahl, was an Indian scout and among the first settlers of the Grand Coulee. The man was a ...more
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