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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Russell Banks Narrator: Danny Campbell, Andrus Nichols, Robin Miles Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2013 ISBN: 9780062120892
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Suffused with Banks’ trademark lyricism and reckless humor, the twelve stories in A Permanent Member of the Family examine the myriad of 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. In “Christmas Party,” a young man entertains dark thoughts as he watches his newly remarried ex-wife leading the life he once imagined they would share. “Former Marine” asks, to chilling effect, if one can ever stop being a parent. And in the haunting, evocative “Searching for Veronica,” a mysterious woman looking for her missing 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, A Permanent Member of the Family charts with subtlety and precision the ebb and flow of both the families we make for ourselves and the ones we’re born into, as it asks how we know the ones we love and, in turn, ourselves. One of our most acute and penetrating authors, Banks’ virtuosic writing animates stories that are profoundly humane, deeply—and darkly—funny, and absolutely unforgettable.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “While these exquisitely crafted stories are highly personal, they are also permeated by a sense of sadness about the death of the American dream, as the country struggles, out of work and seemingly out of hope.” 

    Publishers Weekly

  • “A resounding collection by an essential American writer.”

    Booklist

  • “Old-fashioned short fiction: honest, probing, and moving.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Of the many writers working in the great tradition today, one of the best is Russell Banks.”

    New York Times, praise for the author

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About the Author
Author Russell Banks

Russell Banks is the author of poetry, nonfiction, and more than fifteen works of fiction admired for their realism and portrayal of working-class people. Cloudsplitter and Continental Drift were both finalists for the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. His work has been translated into twenty languages and has received numerous international prizes. Two of his novels, The Sweet Hereafter and Affliction, have been made into award-winning films. A member of the International Parliament of Writers and former New York State Author, Banks was elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1996. He lives in upstate New York.

About the Narrators

Danny Campbell is an actor who has appeared in CBS’ The Guardian, the films A Pool, a Fool, and a Duel and Greater Than Gravity, and in over twenty-five commercials. Winner of two AudioFile Earphones Awards, he has narrated Once a Spy by Keith Thomson and read the part of David Foster Wallace in Mike Lipsky’s Although of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself, among many others. He is a member of the adjunct faculty in the theater arts department at Santa Monica College.

Andrus Nichols is a stage actress who has worked extensively in off-Broadway and off off–Broadway productions as well as regional theater and Shakespearean drama. She is also a singer and voice artist. She earned her bachelor’s degree in literature at Bard College and her MSW at the University at Albany, State University of New York.

Robin Miles began her audiobook narration in 1994 covering many different genres and has won twenty-nine AudioFile Earphones awards. In 2014 she won the prestigious Audie Award for Best Narration in the Inspirational/Faith-Based Nonfiction category. Her film and television credits include The Last Days of Disco, Primary Colors, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Law & Order, New York Undercover, National Geographic’s Tales from the Wild, All My Children, and One Life to Live. She regularly gives seminars to members of SAG and AFTRA actors’ unions, and in 2005 she started Narration Arts Workshop in New York City, offering audiobook recording classes and coaching. She holds a BA degree in Theater Studies from Yale University, an MFA in acting from the Yale School of Drama, and a certificate from the British American Drama Academy in England.