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Trajectory

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2017
"In this pair of novellas and two stories, Russo's characters bear little similarity to the blue-collar citizens we're familiar with from most of his novels. In "Horseman," a tenured professor confronts a young plagiarist as well as her own weaknesses as the Thanksgiving holiday approaches--"And after that, who knew?" In "Intervention," a realtor facing an ominous medical prognosis finds himself in his father's shadow while he presses forward, or not. In "Voice," a semi-retired English professor is conned by his increasingly estranged brother into coming along on a group tour of the Biennale, fleeing a mortifying incident with a traumatized student back in Massachusetts but encountering further complications en route. And in "Milton and Marcus," a lapsed novelist is struggling with his wife's illness and trying to rekindle his screenwriting career, only to be stymied by the pratfalls of that trade when he's called to an aging, iconic star's mountaintop in Wyoming"-- Provided by publisher.

Item Details

Genre: Short stories.

ISBN: 9781101947722

Edition: First edition.

Description: 243 pages ; 22 cm

Contents:

  • Horseman
  • Voice
  • Intervention
  • Milton and Marcus.

LCCN: 2016041261

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Ford, Richard, 1944- — These authors write literary fiction about male protagonists stumbling through the second halves of their lives. Their novels question what it means to be an American man in the late 20th to early 21st centuries, and athough the underlying tone of their work is serious, there is also humor. -- Becky Spratford
Banks, Russell, 1940- — Richard Russo and Russell Banks write accessible Literary Fiction about men dealing with real-life problems. Their deep, believable characters frequently deal with typical afflictions of working men: career, relationships, and identity. Russo writes with a lighter tone than does Banks, but Russo's is a dark humor that leaves no doubt as to the occasional bleakness of life. -- Katherine Johnson
Perrotta, Tom, 1961- — Tom Perrotta and Richard Russo write realistic fiction with a satirical edge -- but their sting is softened by compassion for their all-too-human characters with their all-too-human flaws. While Russo tends to depict disappearing ways of life (often in failing factory towns), Perrotta pokes at the underside of ordinary suburbia. -- Shauna Griffin
Edgerton, Clyde, 1944- — Both Edgerton and Russo write character-centered regional novels that accurately depict small town life and handle controversial issues with sensitivity and humor. They excel in depicting dialect and dialogue that reflect the cadences of their characters' speech. Although Russo writes longer novels, both capture the feel of time and place. -- Joyce Saricks
Salinger, J. D. (Jerome David), 1919-2010 — Utterly convincing characters who speak with utterly convincing dialogue propel the stories of J. D. Salinger and Richard Russo, literary fiction writers who capture the struggles of ordinary life in America. -- Jessica Zellers
Chabon, Michael — Exploring men's lives and more in a fictional setting is a common theme for Pulitzer winners Michael Chabon and Richard Russo. The skillful dialog, community of characters, stalled lives and relationships, skewering of academia, and humor mixed with tenderness toward their characters should please fans of both, Chabon's nonfiction included. -- Krista Biggs
Harrison, Jim, 1937-2016 — Jim Harrison and Richard Russo write vividly atmospheric character-driven fiction set in rural American communities. Their stories are noted for their lyrical and understated prose, gentle humor, and compelling portraits of ordinary people facing tragic losses and undergoing personal transformations. -- Derek Keyser
McNeal, Tom — Tom McNeal's and Richard Russo's work often features small towns and complex characters. Both writers focus on ordinary life with its petty dramas, modest triumphs, and all-too-common tragedies. -- Mike Nilsson
Hemingway, Ernest, 1899-1961 — Hemingway's and Russo's novels both deal with problems facing ordinary men. They convey social sensitivity and moral awareness as their characters grapple with the harsh realities of life against a backdrop of larger social ills. Their writing styles, tone, and frequent bittersweet or unhappy endings appeal to similar reading tastes. -- Katherine Johnson
Tyler, Anne — Anne Tyler's and Richard Russo's literary novels share a penchant for quirky characters, settings in small towns or close-knit communities, and the ability to illuminate bigger issues through small details. -- Krista Biggs
Kingsolver, Barbara — In their satisfying, character-centered novels, Barbara Kingsolver and Richard Russo create familiar worlds, stories, and people, exploring social issues in ultimately serious stories with touches of humor. -- Krista Biggs
Malone, Michael, 1942- — The comic side of life appears in both Richard Russo's and Michael Malone's writing. Malone's Southern settings and atmosphere replace Russo's industrial Northeast, but the sympathetically portrayed eccentric characters, the complex stories, the ins and outs of small town life, and elegant prose offer similar reading experiences. -- Krista Biggs

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