Hypnotic book reads like scattered memories, dreams, random thoughts. A story of a young girl growing up too fast lost in sexual obsession, trying to understand the world she’s trapped in. Mesmerizing, atmospheric and overall unforgettable. Reminiscent of Nabakov, Camus. Very interesting read.
June 2009Napoleon Childs, a veteran soldier, is on the hunt for Pancho Villa in the rough terrain of northern Mexico. Accompanying him is a group of young soldiers who have not yet seen the brutality of war. After a terrible encounter with a band of renegade soldiers in search of vengeance, Napoleon, beaten and shot, is left stranded to try to survive on his own. Olmstead is incredibly adept at describing the horrors of battle contrasted with the beauty of reflection and hope, and he is at his best in Far Bright Star. -- Sherri Gallentine, Vroman's Bookstore, Pasadena, CA
Set in 1916, "Far Bright Star" follows Napoleon Childs, an aging cavalryman, as he leads an expedition of inexperienced soldiers into the mountains of Mexico to hunt down Pancho Villa and bring him to justice.