The Sweet Hereafter by Russell Banks

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In The Sweet Hereafter, Russell Banks tells a story that begins with a school bus accident. Using four different narrators, Banks creates a small-town morality play that addresses one of life's most agonizing questions: when the worst thing happens, who do you blame?

 

About Russell Banks

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Russell Banks is the former president of Cities of Refuge North America, and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. His work has been translated into twenty languages and has received numerous international prizes and awards. Banks lives in upstate New York, and he was the New York State author from 2004–2008.
 
Published September 27, 2011 by Harper Perennial. 274 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Fiction

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Banks returns to the provincial reaches of upper New York State (Affliction, 1989), this time to see how a community tragedy touches the lives of ordinary people.

May 20 2010 | Read Full Review of The Sweet Hereafter

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With resonating effect, Banks ( Continental Drift ; Affliction ) tackles the provocative subject of a fatal accident involving children, and its effect on a small community. On a frigid, snowy morning

Sep 02 1991 | Read Full Review of The Sweet Hereafter

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Only in this century, George Orwell once pointed out, has the .

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