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Publisher Description

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.

GENRE
Fiction & Literature
RELEASED
2002
July 9
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
240
Pages
PUBLISHER
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
SELLER
Penguin Random House LLC
SIZE
974.6
KB

Customer Reviews

Ned (not Hall) ,

N van woert

Richard Russo grew up as my exact contemporary -- in the neighboring town. I like to say that he stole all my material, but he tells it so much better. You cannot help feeling for his characters, and almost equally relieved that you are not responsible for them.

BrukeyBrooke ,

Must Read

This was a great way to get a sampling of Russo's writing. Great short stories that leave you wanting more!

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