A Permanent Member of the Family

A Permanent Member of the Family

By Russell Banks

Ecco Press, Hardcover, 9780061857652, 228pp.

Publication Date: November 12, 2013

Description

Suffused with Russell Banks's trademark lyricism and reckless humor, the twelve stories in A Permanent Member of the Family examine the myriad 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. A Former Marine asks, to chilling effect, if one can ever stop being a parent. And in the haunting, evocative Veronica, a mysterious woman searching for her 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, Banks's acute and penetrating collection demonstrates the range and virtuosity of both his narrative prowess and his startlingly panoramic vision of modern American life.



About the Author
Russell Banks 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.


NPR
Thursday, Dec 12, 2013

Alan Cheuse reviews a short story collection by Russell Banks called A Permanent Member of the Family. The stories feature ordinary Americans caught in one dilemma or another. More at NPR.org

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Sunday, Nov 10, 2013

The stories in Russell Banks' new collection, A Permanent Member of the Family, all share a sense of sadness. Banks joins host Rachel Martin to talk about how he begins his tales. More at NPR.org

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