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A Permanent Member of the Family (Hardcover)

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Russell Banks invites you into his stories with vivid descriptions and true-to-life

characters. I love his candid writing, his quiet witticisms, and above all, the way his

stories make me feel. His new publication of short stories keeps me captivated and

thoroughly satisfied. Sometimes he threatens to change my life with sentences like, “You

can’t regret something someone else did or didn’t do. Only what you yourself did or

didn’t do.”

— Sara


Suffused with Russell Banks's trademark lyricism and reckless humor, the twelve stories in A Permanent Member of the Family examine the myriad ways we try--and sometimes fail--to connect with one another, as we seek a home in the world.

In the title story, a father looks back on the legend of the cherished family dog whose divided loyalties mirrored the fragmenting of his marriage. "A Former Marine" asks, to chilling effect, if one can ever stop being a parent. And in the haunting, evocative "Veronica," a mysterious woman searching for her daughter may not be who she claims she is.

Moving between the stark beauty of winter in upstate New York and the seductive heat of Florida, Banks's acute and penetrating collection demonstrates the range and virtuosity of both his narrative prowess and his startlingly panoramic vision of modern American life.

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Product Details
ISBN: 9780061857652
ISBN-10: 0061857653
Publisher: Ecco Press
Publication Date: November 12th, 2013
Pages: 228
Language: English


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