The Whore'S Child: And Other Stories
- Publish Date: 2002-07-09
- Binding: Hardcover
- Author: Richard Russo
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Awarded the Pulitzer Prize for his best-selling Empire Fallsalso named the years best novel by TimeRichard 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 newcomersas to all Russos charactersalmost despite ourselves. A jaded Hollywood moviemaker uncovers a decades-old flame he never knew hed harbored. A precocious fifth grader puzzles over life, love and baseball as he watches his parents marriage dissolve. Another child is forced into a harrowing cross-country escape whose actual purpose he 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. And in the title story, a septuagenarian nun invades the narrators college writing workshop with an incredible saga.
A masterful novelist here extends his versatility and accomplishment, in a collection that demonstrates yet again that there is a big, wry heart beating at the center of Russos fiction (The New Yorker).
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