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Russell Banks has had an esteemed career as a novelist, receiving critical acclaim for such titles as Cloudsplitter and Continental Drift – both finalists for the Pulitzer Prize. Two of his novels have been made into films (Affliction and Cannes Film Festival Grand Prix winner The Sweet Hereafter), and two more are currently in development. This should come as no surprise, considering his strong grasp of character and gripping narrative structure, which translate smoothly and with psychological resonance to the screen. The Angel on the Roof, however, is the culmination of Banks's parallel career as a short story writer. For this volume he revised a number of his older stories and also included nine stories not previously published. Banks has said of the short story form: "It invites behave on the page in a way that is more reckless, more sharply painful, and more broadly comic than is allowed by the steady, slow, bourgeois respectability of the novel." Ranging geographically from Africa to Jamaica to small town New England, these stories also span emotional states, veering from poignantly small acts of grace to heart wrenching tragedy. Georgie,

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After nine critically acclaimed novels, Russell Banks has firmly established himself as one of the great American novelists. But throughout his career Banks has also been a master of the short form, publishing four story collections, winning O. Henry and Best American Short Story Awards and other prizes, and contributing stories to such publications as Esquire, New American Review, Antaeus, Mississippi Review, and Partisian Review. Now, with The Angel on the Roof, Banks offers readers an astonighsing collection of thirty years of his short fiction. As is characteristic of all Banks's works, these stories resonate with irony and compassion, honsty and insight, extending into the vast territory of the heart and world, from working-class New England to Florida and the Caribbean and Africa. Along with nine new stories that are among the finest fiction he has ever written, Banks has selected the best pieces from his previous collections and revised them especially for this volume. Broad in scope and rich in imagination, The Angel on the Roof is a true representation of the breadth of Russell Bank's work and affirms his place on one of the masters of American storytelling.


Broad in scope and rich in imagination, this new collection by the author of "Affliction" and "The Sweet Hereafter" includes the best of his previous anthologies, newly revised, plus nine new short stories.

About the Author

Russell Banks is a past 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 awards, including the Commonwealth Writers' Prize. He lives in upstate New York and Miami, Florida.

Table of Contents

  1. Djinn
  2. Defenseman
  3. The Caul
  4. The fisherman
  5. Firewood
  6. Quality time
  7. The lie
  8. Indisposed
  9. The child screams and looks back at you
  10. Sarah Cole: a type of love story
  11. Assisted living
  12. The neighbor
  13. The rise of the middle class
  14. The burden
  15. Mistake
  16. Plains of Abraham
  17. Theory of flight
  18. Comfort
  19. Success story
  20. Cow-cow
  21. With Châe in New Hampshire
  22. Dis Bwoy, Him Gwan
  23. The fish
  24. The Moor
  25. Searching for survisors
  26. Black man and white woman in dark green rowboat
  27. Xmas
  28. The guinea pig lady
  29. Queen for a day
  30. The visit
  31. Lobster night.

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Charmed, February 23, 2010 (view all comments by Charmed)
I am very excited to read this book. I have heard chapter 10: Sarah Cole: a type of love story, from listening to 'This American Life' on NPR. I was so intrigued by the story, I couldn't wait to purchase the book.
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