The Whore's Child and Other Stories

The Whore's Child and Other Stories

Book - 2003
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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.
Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, 2003, c2002.
Edition: 1st Vintage Contemporaries ed. --
ISBN: 9780375726019
0375726012
Characteristics: 225 p. --

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Apr 01, 2014

If I were teaching a creative writing class on short stories I would have my students read this collection. This is how you do it.

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jonlockwood
Apr 01, 2013

one of my favorite authors

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