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The Whore's Child: Storiesby Richard Russo
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To this irresistible debut collection of short stories, Richard Russo brings the same bittersweet wit, deep knowledge of human nature, and spellbinding narrative gifts that distinguish his best-selling novels. His themes are the imperfect bargains of marriage; the discoveries and disillusionments of childhood;the unwinnable battles men and women insist on fighting with the past.
A cynical Hollywood moviemaker confronts his dead wife’s lover and abruptly realizes the depth of his own passion. As his parents’ marriage disintegrates, a precocious fifth-grader distracts himself with meditations on baseball, spaghetti, and his place in the universe. And in the title story, an elderly nun enters a college creative writing class and plays havoc with its tidy notions of fact and fiction. The Whore’s Child is further proof that Russo is one of the finest writers we have, unsparingly truthful yet hugely compassionate and capable of creating characters real that they seem to step off the page.
A first collection of short fiction by the author of Empire Falls explores the mysteries and complexities of human behavior and motivation in the lives of such characters as a jaded Hollywood filmmaker, a precocious fifth-grader watching his parents' marriage disintegrate, a child forced into a harrowing cross-country escape, and a septuagenarian nun. Reprint. 75,000 first printing.
To this irresistible debut collection of short stories, Richard Russo brings the same bittersweet wit, deep knowledge of human nature, and spell
About the Author
Richard Russo lives in coastal Maine with his wife and their two daughters. He has written five novels: Mohawk, The Risk Pool, Nobody’s Fool, Straight Man, and Empire Falls, and a collection of stories, The Whore’s Child.
Table of Contents
The whore's child — Monhegan light — The farther you go — Joy ride — Buoyancy — Poison — The mysteries of Linwood Hart.
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