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Author: Russell Banks
ISBN 13: 9780060977061
ISBN 10: 6097706
Edition: Reprint
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Publication Date: 1996-05-10
Format: Paperback
Pages: 271
List Price: $13.99

Get to know the colorful cast of characters at the Granite State Trailerpark, where Flora in number 11 keeps more than a hundred guinea pigs andscreams at people to stay away from her babies, Claudel in number 5 thinks he is lucky until his wife burns down their trailer and runs off with Howie Leeke, and Noni in number 7 has telephone conversations with Jesus and tells the police about them. In this series of related short stories, Russell Banks offers gripping, realistic portrayals of individual Americans and paints a portrait of New England life that is at once dark, witty, and revealing.

Boston Globe

The stories that work have the fire and ice that loom over life and the magic that comes from a good story well and craftily told.