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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: J. Paul Boehmer, Cassandra Campbell Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2013 ISBN: 9780062311023
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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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About the Author
Author Russell Banks

Russell Banks, twice a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, is one of America’s most prestigious fiction writers, a past president of the International Parliament of Writers, and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. His work has been translated into twenty languages and has received numerous prizes and awards, including the Common Wealth Award for Literature. He lives in upstate New York and Miami, Florida.

 

About the Narrators

J. Paul Boehmer is an American actor best known for his numerous appearances in the Star Trek universe. His audiobook narrations have garnered nine AudioFile Earphones Awards and two prestigious Audie Awards for Best Narration.

Cassandra Campbell, Audie Award–nominated narrator and winner of several Earphones Awards, has performed in regional theaters across the country and in several off-Broadway shows at the Public Theater and the Mint Theater. In addition to narrating audiobooks, acting, and directing, she is a commercial and documentary voice-over artist.