By Richard Russo
(Vintage, Paperback, 9780679753827, 432pp.)
Publication Date: April 12, 1994
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Mohawk, New York, is one of those small towns that lie almost entirely on the wrong side of the tracks. Its citizens, too, have fallen on hard times. Dallas Younger, a star athlete in high school, now drifts from tavern to poker game, losing money, and, inevitably, another set of false teeth. His ex-wife, Anne, is stuck in a losing battle with her mother over the care of her sick father. And their son, Randall, is deliberately neglecting his school work--because in a place like Mohawk it doesn't pay to be too smart.
In Mohawk Richard Russo explores these lives with profound compassion and flint-hard wit. Out of derailed ambitions and old loves, secret hatreds and communal myths, he has created a richly plotted, densely populated, and wonderfully written novel that captures every nuance of America's backyard.
Richard Russo in 1986. His novels The Risk Pool, Nobody’s Fool and Straight Man are available in Vintage paperback. He now lives in coastal Maine with his wife and their two daughters.
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