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Wade Whitehouse is an improbable protagonist for a tragedy. A well-digger and policeman in a bleak New Hampshire town, he is a former high-school star gone to beer fat, a loner with a mean streak. It is a mark of Russell Banks's artistry and understanding that Wade comes to loom in one's mind as a blue-collar American Everyman afflicted by the dark secret of the macho tradition. Told by his articulate, equally scarred younger brother, Wade's story becomes as spellbinding and inexorable as a fuse burning its way to the dynamite.

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"Magnificently convincing...beautifully sustained, suspenseful." New York Times Book Review

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"A masterwork of contemporary American fiction." Chicago Tribune

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"Banks has taken on a profound theme, the ruinous and awful affliction of violence that seems to live like a secret blood-disease handed down in men like Wade....He turns it into a living art that can bring recognition and awe." L.A. Times Book Review

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"A compelling portrait of a man...at once moving and disturbing." Michiko Kakutani, New York Times

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"Everything about Affliction is impressive....[It] will not let go of you, I swear, until you turn the last page." Elmore Leonard

About the Author

Russell Banks, one of America's most prestigious fiction writers, is president of the International Parliament of Writers and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. His work has been translated into twenty languages and has received numerous international prizes and awards. He lives in upstate New York, and he is the New York State Author.

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lukas, February 10, 2015 (view all comments by lukas)
"The great enigma of human life is not suffering but affliction."-Simone Weil
From the author of "The Sweet Hereafter" and "Cloudsplitter," an intense and powerful novel about small town life, fathers and sons, and the violence inherent in men. Narrated by the protagonist's brother, it plays about like a mystery; Wade Whitehouse has disappeared and his story, involving his abusive, alcoholic father, his ex-wife and daughter, and a hunting accident that he thinks is murder, is related. The rural poverty of a small New England town is a setting that Banks has in common with Richard Russo, but Russo finds the humor amidst the defeat, while Banks finds tragedy. Made into a film with Nick Nolte, James Coburn, and Willem Defo
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ISBN:
9780060920074
Author:
Banks, Russell
Publisher:
Harper Perennial
Author:
Pols, Mary F.
Author:
Gentieu, Penny
Author:
Patten, Arturo
Author:
Goodwyn, Susan
Author:
Banks, Russell
Author:
Acredolo, Linda
Author:
by Russell Banks
Location:
New York, NY :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Mentally ill
Subject:
Psychological
Subject:
Brothers
Subject:
New hampshire
Subject:
Bedtime & 6
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade PB
Series:
P.S.
Series Volume:
no. 9
Publication Date:
19900931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
368
Dimensions:
8.12x5.30x.90 in. .67 lbs.

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Product details 368 pages Harper Perennial - English 9780060920074 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Magnificently convincing...beautifully sustained, suspenseful."
"Review" by , "A masterwork of contemporary American fiction."
"Review" by , "Banks has taken on a profound theme, the ruinous and awful affliction of violence that seems to live like a secret blood-disease handed down in men like Wade....He turns it into a living art that can bring recognition and awe."
"Review" by , "A compelling portrait of a man...at once moving and disturbing."
"Review" by , "Everything about Affliction is impressive....[It] will not let go of you, I swear, until you turn the last page."
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