Large Format for easy reading. Bacheller's novels are primarily concerned with early American life in the North Country of New York State. In 1900 his novel Eben Holden, A Tale of the North Country, proved a major success. According to the New York Times it was the 4th best-selling novel in the United States that year. The Light in the Clearing, A Tale of the North Country in the Time of Silas Wright (1917) was the 2nd best-selling novel in 1917.