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In the Heart of the Heart of the Country by William Gass

The five stories in this book have different themes and settings, but there is something distinctive about the tone and the voice; Gass's signature in these stories sets them apart. The style is poetic and at times gnarled. The sentences are worked on and sculpted. Gass is clearly as interested in language as he is in things; he gives the impression that the words he uses were cut out of stone.
William Gass was born in North Dakota.

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