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Title:Elsewhere
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Publisher:Knopf
ISBN:0307959538
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Number of Pages:256
Category:Non fiction, Memoir, Biography, Biography memoir, Audiobook

Elsewhere by Richard Russo

PDF, EPUB, MOBI, TXT, DOC Elsewhere After eight commanding works of fiction the Pulitzer Prize winner now turns to memoir in a hilarious moving and always surprising account of his life his parents and the upstate New York town they all struggled variously to escape .

Anyone familiar with Richard Russo s acclaimed novels will recognize Gloversville once famous for producing that eponymous product and anything else made of leather This is where the author grew up the only son of an aspirant mother and a charming feckless father who were born into this close knit community But by the time of his childhood in the s prosperity was inexorably being replaced by poverty and illness often tannery related with everyone barely scraping by under a very low horizon .

A world elsewhere was the dream his mother instilled in Rick and strived for herself and their subsequent adventures and tribulations in achieving that goal beautifully recounted here were to prove lifelong as would Gloversville s fearsome grasp on them both Fraught with the timeless dynamic of going home again encompassing hopes and fears and the relentless tides of familial and individual complications this story is arresting comic heartbreaking and truly beautiful an immediate classic

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In this uproarious new novel Richard Russo performs his characteristic high wire walk between hilarity and heartbreak Russo s protagonist is William Henry Devereaux Jr the reluctant chairman of the English department of a badly underfunded college in the Pennsylvania rust belt Devereaux s reluctance is partly rooted in his character he is a born anarchist and partly in the fact that his department is more savagely divided than the Balkans br br In the course of a single week Devereaux will have his nose mangled by an angry colleague imagine his wife is having an affair with his dean wonder if a curvaceous adjunct is trying to seduce him with peach pits and threaten to execute a goose on local television All this while coming to terms with his philandering father the dereliction of his youthful promise and the ominous failure of certain vital body functions In short i Straight Man i is classic Russo side splitting and true to life witty compassionate and impossible to put down, With a fluency of tone that will surprise even his devoted readers these short stories capture both bewildering horror and heartrending tenderness with an absorbing compassionate authority br br Awarded the Pulitzer Prize for his best selling Empire Falls also named the year s best novel by Time Richard Russo now focuses in his first book of short fiction on a fresh and fascinating range of human behavior With a fluency of tone that will surprise even his devoted readers he captures both bewildering horror and heartrending tenderness with an absorbing compassionate authority br br We warm to these newcomers as to all Russo s characters almost despite ourselves A jaded Hollywood moviemaker uncovers a decades old flame he never knew he d harbored A precocious fifth grader puzzles over life love and baseball as he watches his parents marriage dissolve Another child is forced into a harrowing cross country escape whose actual purpose he learns only after the fact An elderly couple rediscovers the power and the misery of their relationship during a long awaited retreat to a resort island And in the title story a septuagenarian nun invades the narrator s college writing workshop with an incredible saga, After eight commanding works of fiction the Pulitzer Prize winner now turns to memoir in a hilarious moving and always surprising account of his life his parents and the upstate New York town they all struggled variously to escape br br Anyone familiar with Richard Russo s acclaimed novels will recognize Gloversville once famous for producing that eponymous product and anything else made of leather This is where the author grew up the only son of an aspirant mother and a charming feckless father who were born into this close knit community But by the time of his childhood in the s prosperity was inexorably being replaced by poverty and illness often tannery related with everyone barely scraping by under a very low horizon br br A world elsewhere was the dream his mother instilled in Rick and strived for herself and their subsequent adventures and tribulations in achieving that goal beautifully recounted here were to prove lifelong as would Gloversville s fearsome grasp on them both Fraught with the timeless dynamic of going home again encompassing hopes and fears and the relentless tides of familial and individual complications this story is arresting comic heartbreaking and truly beautiful an immediate classic, Bridge of Sighs courses with small town rhythms and the claims of family Here is a town as well as a world defined by magnificent and nearly devastating contradictions br br Louis Charles Lucy Lynch has spent all his sixty years in upstate Thomaston New York married to the same woman Sarah for forty of them their son now a grown man Like his late beloved father Lucy is an optimist though he s had plenty of reasons not to be chief among them his mother still indomitably alive Yet it was her shrewdness combined with that Lynch optimism that had propelled them years ago to the right side of the tracks and created an empire of convenience stores about to be passed on to the next generation br br Lucy and Sarah are also preparing for a once in a lifetime trip to Italy where his oldest friend a renowned painter has exiled himself far from anything they d known in childhood In fact the exact nature of their friendship is one of the many mysteries Lucy hopes to untangle in the history he s writing of his hometown and family And with his story interspersed with that of Noonan the native son who d fled so long ago the destinies building up around both of them and Sarah too are relentless constantly surprising and utterly revealing br br Bridge of Sighs is classic Russo coursing with small town rhythms and the claims of family yet it is brilliantly enlarged by an expatriate whose motivations and experiences often contrary sometimes not prove every bit as mesmerizing as they resonate through these richly different lives Here is a town as well as a world defined by magnificent and nearly devastating contradictions