“The most important work of fiction by an American in this literary generation.” –The New Republic
Now celebrating the 50th anniversary of its publication, Omensetter’s Luck is the masterful first novel by the author of The Tunnel, Middle C, On Being Blue, and Eyes: Novellas and Stories.
Greeted as a masterpiece when it was first published in 1966, Omensetter’s Luck is the quirky, impressionistic, and breathtakingly original story of an ordinary community galvanized by the presence of an extraordinary man. Set in a small Ohio town in the 1890s, it chronicles – through the voices of various participants and observers – the confrontation between Brackett Omensetter, a man of preternatural goodness, and the Reverend Jethro Furber, a preacher crazed with a propensity for violent thoughts. Omensetter’s Luck meticulously brings to life a specific time and place as it illuminates timeless questions about life, love, good, and evil. This edition includes an afterword written by William Gass in 1997.
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William H. Gass was born in Fargo, North Dakota. He is the author of seven works of fiction, nine books of essays, and a book of conversations. Gass was a professor of philosophy at Washington University. For most of his… More about William H. Gass
“[Omensetter’s Luck is] Gass’ first novel, and his least avant-gardeish, and his best. Basically a religious book. Very sad. Contains the immortal line “The body of Our Saviour shat but Our Saviour shat not.” Bleak but gorgeous, like light through ice.” -David Foster Wallace
“Omsensetter’s Luck is the work of a totally committed, totally uncompromising and extraordinarily gifted writer.” -Walker Percy
“A rich fever, a parade of secrets, delirious, tormented, terrifying, comic…one of the most exciting, energetic and beautiful novels we can ever hope to read.” –Harper’s