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Author: Russell Banks Narrator: Robert Fass Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2013 ISBN: 9780062313430
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With The Angel on the Roof, Russell Banks offers readers an astonishing collection of thirty years of his short fiction, revised especially for this volume and highlighted by the inclusion of nine new stories that are among the finest he has ever written. As is characteristic of all of Bank's works, these stories resonate with irony and compassion, honesty and insight, extending into the vast territory of the heart and the world, from working-class New England to Florida and the Caribbean and Africa. Broad in scope and rich in imagination, The Angel on the Roof affirms Russell Banks's place as one of the masters of American storytelling.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “At his shattering best…Mr. Banks offers answers that are tough, honest and inevitable without being simple…[A] beautifully lucid, frequently wrenching collection…What elevates these stories far above their tacitly heartbreaking events are the vast reserves of compassion and wisdom that Mr. Banks brings to framing tragedy.”

    New York Times

  • “For all its harshness, The Angel on the Roof is studded with surprising, hard-won acts of tenderness and decency, which feel more like operations of earthly grace than projections of authorial sentiment. Banks acknowledges that the world is a cold place and redeems it with the warmth of his affection.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Russell Banks is a fearless author. He tackles themes and situations that other writers would not touch…His stories are devoid of pathos and display a level of intelligence and sensitivity rarely encountered in fiction.”

    Denver Post

  • “Ranging over nearly forty years of writing, The Angel on the Roof is an invaluable guide to this author’s obsessions, strengths, and weaknesses…It’s no mean measure of this artist’s artistry and humanity that he can see in his failed, foolish adults the helpless and frightened children they surely once were.”

    New York

  • “Banks’ stories, openly embracing perplexity and edging toward wisdom, deliver us from banality.”

    Village Voice

  • “The stories resonate and illuminate each other, the dialogue is pitch-perfect, and the collection has the cohesiveness of a 500-page novel. Banks’ prose has the stark grace of classical tragedy. He’s a poet after all.”

    Amazon.com, editorial review

  • “Banks is a compassionate writer, illuminating even the most despicable characters with flashes of sorrowful understanding.”

    National Post (Toronto)

  • “These stories perch on the rim of memory, that shadowy realm that makes Banks’ novels so powerful…We are blessed by his prodigious talent and insight.”

    Montreal Gazette

  • “More than anything else, Banks writes about what it means to be human, to love, to long, and, above all, to hurt.”

    Daily News (Halifax)

  • “[A] magnificent collection...The stories strike home swiftly and surely, reminding a reader again and again of the amplitude of the form in the hands of a master.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “This is a master writer at his best.”

    Library Journal

  • A 2000 New York Times Notable Book for Fiction
  • Winner of the 2001 Ambassador Book Award for Fiction

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About the Author

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. 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, he was elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1996. His work has been translated into twenty languages and has received numerous prizes and awards, including the Common Wealth Award for Literature.

About the Narrator

Robert Fass is a veteran actor and twice winner of the prestigious Audie Award for best narration. He has earned mulltiple Earphones Awards, including one for his narration of Francisco Goldman’s Say Her Name, which was named one of AudioFile magazine’s Best Audiobooks of 2011. He has given voice to modern and classic fiction writers alike, including Ray Bradbury, Joyce Carol Oates, Isaac Asimov, Jeffrey Deaver, and John Steinbeck, as well as to nonfiction works in history, memoir, health, journalism, and business.