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In Family Life, Russell Banks’ first novel, he transforms the dramas of domesticity into the story of a royal family in a mythical contemporary kingdom. Life inside this kingdom includes the king (dubbed “the Hearty” or “the Bluff”), who squeals angrily as is his wont; the queen, who, while pondering the mirror in her chambers, decides to write a book; and three adolescent princes who are, respectively, a superb wrestler, a fanatical sports car driver, and a sullen drunk.

Then there are the mysterious Green Man with a thing for princes; the Loon, who lives in a tree house designed by Christopher Wren; and a whole slew of murders, mayhem, coups, debauches, world tours, and love and loss and laughter.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “He writes a fine, clear prose—some of the best, in fact, now being written by anyone.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Well worth investigating.”

    Washington Post Book World

  • “Banks writes with trembling knowledge, conviction, and authenticity.”

    Chicago Tribune

  • “Banks has a remarkable ability to let us observe a situation through the eyes of disparate characters and to convey their feelings with skill and compassion.”

    Newsday

  • “Exuberant and irreverent, Family Life bares a knife-edge of social satire.”

    Publishers Weekly

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