The Wake of Forgiveness
Bruce Machart








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"The Wake of Forgiveness is a mesmerizing, mythic saga..."

–Philip Caputo, The New York Times

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Early Praise for The Wake of Forgiveness

“The prose is polished and evocative, the physicality of rural Texas in the year 1910 shimmers with loving exactitude, and the story of Karel Skala is a gripping American drama of misplaced guilt, familial struggle, and a search for identity. What a fine, rich, absorbing book.”
—Tim O’Brien

“In his richly told novel, The Wake of Forgiveness, Bruce Machart tells a story of fathers and sons that stretches wide across the Texas landscape, leaving behind its own beautiful wake of remembrance, inheritance, and the unbreakable bonds of family.”
— Hannah Tinti

“If Evan S. Connell, William Faulkner, and Norman Maclean had been born as one person, he might possess the extraordinary gifts of Bruce Machart. The Wake of Forgiveness is a wild, God-forsaken cry delivered in language so lush we cannot stop listening. The dazzling velocity of Machart’s prose bears a tale redemptive and resonant as myth, insistent and intimate as breath in the body. With fierce grace and uncompromising passion, this visionary young writer offers the reader the mercy of his own heart and the capaciousness of mind that makes it possible to love the lost without fear or judgment.”
— Melanie Rae Thon


Copyright ©2010 Bruce Machart. All Rights Reserved. Author Photo: ©Christopher Jean-Richard.