Originally published in 1986 in the Vintage Contemporaries paperback seriesand reissued now in hardcover alongside his masterful new novel, Empire FallsRichard Russo's Mohawk remains today as it was described then: A first novel with all the assurance of a mature writer at the peak of form and ambition, Mohawk is set in upstate New York and chronicles over a dozen lives in a leather town, long after the tanneries have started closing down. Ranging over three generationsand clustered mainly in two clans, the Grouses and the Gaffneysthese remarkably various lives share only the common human dilemmas and the awesome physical and emotional presence of Mohawk itself.
For this is a town like Winesburg, Ohio or Our Town, in our time, that
encompasses a plethora of characters, events and mysteries. At once honestly
tragic and sharply, genuinely funny, Mohawk captures life, then affirms it.
About the Author:
Richard Russo's novels The Risk Pool, Nobody's Fool and Straight Man are available in Vintage paperback. He now lives in coastal Maine with his wife and their two daughters.
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