The pleasure and privilege of reading Rick Bass is to see how sacred we are...The greatest joy in For a Little While is the belief, in story after story, in the goodness of all things on this earth, including us. So much can be done, there is so much to learn, if we just remember what we are.
This is nature writing that goes beyond pretty description; how the characters respond emotionally to the landscape is what makes the prose transcendent...But his greatest gift, what makes Rick Bass one of the very best writers we have, is his understanding of the soft hearts within even the hardest people.
For a Little While, offers ongoing and fresh evidence that Bass continues to be a master of the short story. More than ever, I wish I could write like him...[E]verywhere in this beautiful summary collection is a singular voice, that of Rick Bass and Rick Bass only, a writer whose early promise continues to be an enduring gift to readers. Here’s to 30 more years.