Bruce Machart, OS author of issue #34 “What You’re Walking Around Without,” received praise for his debut novel, The Wake of Forgiveness in the New York Times Sunday Book Review. Machart, who read from Forgiveness at One Story‘s reading at Powerhouse Arena last Thursday, weaves together a gothic tale of tragedy, deceit and beauty. The story follows the life of a Czech farming family in Texas and the twisted world which has been carved out for them. The book begins with the mother’s death in childbirth. Afterward her husband, Vaclav Skala, symbolically burns their bed. He “reached in and pulled out the feathers, one bloody handful after another, and fed them to the fire, which spat and sizzled before blazing into yellow flames and thick white billows of smoke.” Machart’s stark, blunt language carries the mystery and tragedy of the American Southwest, yet remains grounded in its humanity. Bruce has crafted a raw and captivating debut novel. Check out the latest Book Review!