A Hole in the Earth

A Hole in the Earth : A Novel

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A novel of families, what tears them apart and what can bring them back together, A Hole in the Earth is an extraordinarily, sometimes excruciatingly accurate portrait of a man charting the foreign territory of his feelings. Henry Porter's summer begins when his daughter Nicole-whom he hasn't seen in five years-shows up on his doorstep. Days later his girlfriend, Elizabeth, announces that she is pregnant. That Henry is speechless at these two events throws into sharp relief his emotional landscape, and this novel charts that landscape's exact contours. Anyone who has ever wondered what a man is saying when he isn't talking will find at least a large part of the answer here. Robert Bausch deciphers with perfect economy and unstinting honesty the code embodied in this man's (and a great many men's) words and actions, and discovers there the world of family legacies, love, and abuse. A Hole in the Earth brilliantly draws the webs that attract us to and repel us from our families, as well as the enduring strength that they can provide.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 358 pages
  • 158.5 x 234.2 x 30mm | 696.71g
  • Cengage Learning EMEA
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 015100529X
  • 9780151005291

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"His characters are so real, you want to reach out and touch them. . . . The novel is exciting and exacting. Riveting, too. This one is a winner."-Ann Beattie "Readers who have been patiently waiting for the real pleasures that only first-rate fiction can offer will rejoice in A Hole in the Earth."-George Garrett "In matters of family, in the arena governed by the heart's exacting requirements, Robert Bausch has unforgettably given us the rules of the game."-Frederick Busch
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126 ratings
3.37 out of 5 stars
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4 29% (36)
3 37% (46)
2 18% (23)
1 2% (2)
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