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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,817 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Richard Russo Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Awarded the Pulitzer Prize for his best-selling Empire Falls—also named the year’s best novel by Time—Richard Russo now focuses, in his first book of short fiction, on a fresh and fascinating range of human behavior. With a fluency of tone that will surprise even his devoted readers, he captures both bewildering horror and heartrending tenderness with an absorbing, compassionate authority. 

We warm to these newcomers—as to all Russo’s characters—almost despite ourselves. A jaded Hollywood moviemaker uncovers a decades-old flame he never knew he’d harbored. A precocious fifth grader puzzles over life, love and baseball as he watches his parents’ marriage dissolve. Another child is forced into a harrowing cross-country escape whose actual purpose he learns only after the fact. An elderly couple rediscovers the power, and the misery, of their relationship during a long-awaited retreat to a resort island. And in the title story, a septuagenarian nun invades the narrator’s college writing workshop with an incredible saga.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Barbara | 2/14/2014

    " This was a good read; ordinarily, I don't enjoy short stories, but this author never disappoints. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by megan | 2/13/2014

    " A collection of five short stories written by Richard Russo--I enjoyed reading those although a majority of them are told from the kind of annoying perspective of middle-aged men who are at odds with aspects of their life. I mean, who isn't, right? But still--it was often hard to be empathetic. Maybe my own fatal flaw that I have to like the characters to like the book... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Sunny Shore | 2/3/2014

    " Richard Russo is the great author of Empire Falls, but everything else I've read from him has fallen short. Some of these stories are worthwhile, but most were about the same thing: a 50 year old man, his wife or his ex-wife, his children, his sexual thoughts, taking a trip...most are writers or professors. Most of the stories are about Richard Russo. That can get tiresome. I was going to read highly acclaimed Bridge of Sighs by him, but that was his last chance with me. He could never top Empire Falls, sorry, but not everyone writes even one masterpiece in his life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Deidre | 1/26/2014

    " I zipped through this book of stories and I like the Russo I find here. Better than the last two novels, for sure. Much more like Empire Falls and Straight Man, with some of the same characters from those books reappearing. Though not all the stories gripped me, the collection as a whole is even. Really liked the title tale and Poison especially. One thing I'll say about Russo: the man knows how to finish. So many writers don't know how to stop, but Russo always gives good climax. "

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