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The Sweet Hereafterby Russell Banks
Synopses & Reviews
In The Sweet Hereafter, Russell Banks tells a story that begins with a school bus accident. Using four different narrators, Banks creates a small-town morality play that addresses one of life's most agonizing questions: when the worst thing happens, who do you blame?
"Without sentimentalizing them in the least, Banks has extended the themes explored in his previous novels...to show that wiser, possibly even better people can emerge from the ordeal: that some old American decencies still prevail, against all the odds." Chicago Tribune
"A novel of compelling moral suspense...[a] superb book...a remarkable book, a sardonic and compassionate account of a community and its people." Richard Eder, Los Angeles Times Book Review
"[A] finely observed portrait of small town life....It's as though he has cast a large stone into a quiet pond, then minutely charted the shape and size of the ripples sent out in successive waves....It is often gripping, consistently engaging and from time to time genuinely affecting." Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times
"This beautifully written book's most brilliant strategy is...to explore the complexity of grief and hope." Vogue
"Russell Banks's fiction holds such a simple, internal authority....These voices ache with a particular brand of reality [and] Banks evokes each of his characters with fluid authenticity....Russell Banks is a writer of extraordinary power." Boston Globe
A brilliant and powerful novel from the critically acclaimed author of Continental Drift that explores a small town's response to the inexplicable loss of its children in a school bus accident.
About the Author
Russell Banks is the founding president of Cities of Refuge North America and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. His work has been translated into twenty languages and has received numerous international prizes and awards. He lives in upstate New York and is the New York State Author.
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