The Whore's Child by Richard Russo
and Other Stories

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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.


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About Richard Russo

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Richard Russo is the author of Mohawk, The Risk Pool, Straight Man, Nobody's Fool, and Empire Falls, which won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction, and a collection of stories, The Whore's Child. He and his wife live in coastal Maine.
 
Published December 18, 2007 by Vintage. 242 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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and in the superb “Joy Ride.” The latter records the experiences and observations of a preadolescent embryonic delinquent whose impulsive mother snatches him away from deeper trouble, their Maine hometown, and her eccentric underachiever of a husband, for a brief, perilous vacation from domestici...

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Happily for them, novelist Richard Russo (winner of this year's Pulitzer Prize for "Empire Falls") delivers it more than most in his first collection, "The Whore's Child and Other Stories."

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THE WHORE'S CHILD Richard Russo (Knopf, $24) The juiciest first line is from a story within the wry title story: ''It was my hatred that drew me deeper into the Church.'' An elderly nun imposes herself on a college writing class, drafting an account of her miserable life as a bride of Jesus t...

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