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 me...to 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, Powells.com
Synopses & Reviews
The Angel on the Roof
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
Djinn --Defenseman --The Caul --The fisherman --Firewood --Quality time --The lie --Indisposed --The child screams and looks back at you --Sarah Cole: a type of love story --Assisted living --The neighbor --The rise of the middle class --The burden --Mistake --Plains of Abraham --Theory of flight --Comfort --Success story --Cow-cow --With Châe in New Hampshire --Dis Bwoy, Him Gwan --The fish --The Moor --Searching for survisors --Black man and white woman in dark green rowboat --Xmas --The guinea pig lady --Queen for a day --The visit --Lobster night.