Robert Olmstead’s latest, Far Bright Star, grabs one from the get-go via the novelist’s spare yet descriptive prose style. From early in the first chapter: “There was a drought and the land was parched and dry and the country bleached, burned out, and furnacelike. At first, dogs attended the troopers, but then they experienced a plague of fleas, so the order went out to shoot the dogs.”
The year is 1916, and the enemy, Pancho Villa, is hiding out in Mexico’s sun- and dust-drenched mountains.
Olmstead, who is a professor at Ohio Wesleyan University when not cranking out visceral novels, reads from and discusses Far Bright Star at 7 p.m. Thursday at Joseph-Beth Booksellers. Free.
Find details about the event and Jo-Beth here.