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The Whore's Child and Other Stories

The Whore's Child and Other Stories
Author: Richard Russo
ISBN 13: 9780060095475
ISBN 10: 60095474
Edition: Unabridged
Publisher: HarperAudio
Publication Date: 2002-08-01
Format: Audio Cassette
Pages: N/A
List Price: $25.95

Awarded the Pulitzer Prize for his bestselling Empire Falls - also named the year's best novel by Time -- Richard Russo now focuses, in his first book of short fiction, on a fresh and fascinating range of human behavior. With a fluency of tone that will surprise even his devoted readers, he captures both bewildering horror and heartrending tenderness with an absorbing, compassionate authority.

We warm to these newcomers -- as to all Russo's characters -- almost despite ourselves. A jaded Hollywood moviemaker uncovers a decades-old flame he never knew he'd harbored. A precocious fifth grader puzzles over life, love and baseball as lie watches his parents' marriage dissolve. Another child is forced into a harrowing crosscountry escape whose actual purpose lie learns only after the fact. An elderly couple rediscovers the power and the misery of their relationship during a long-awaited retreat to a resort island...

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On the heels of his recent Pulitzer Prize winning novel, Empire Falls, Russo, noted for his depiction of declining small-town life in the Northeast, offers up his first collection of short fiction. In these seven stories, the author alternates between tales of children caught in the turmoil of their parents' fighting and tales of middle-aged writers and artists making discoveries about themselves and their pasts. In nearly every story, a male serves as the narrator or central protagonist, and readers observe how his world is shaped and altered by mothers, absent fathers and wives both dead and living. In "Monhegan Light," for example, a Hollywood moviemaker traveling in New England with his young girlfriend meets the painter who, for twenty years, carried on a secret romance with the moviemaker's now-deceased spouse. This collection provides a wealth of delights and rewards from an author who's surely hitting full stride.