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Trajectory

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by Richard Russo

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Trajectory by Richard Russo
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  • Published in USA  May 2017
    256 pages
    Genre: Short Stories/Essays

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Following the best-selling Everybody's Fool, a new collection of short fiction that demonstrates that Richard Russo - winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Empire Falls - is also a master of this genre.

Russo's characters in these four expansive stories bear little similarity to the blue-collar citizens we're familiar with from many of his novels. In "Horseman," a professor confronts a young plagiarist as well as her own weaknesses as the Thanksgiving holiday looms closer and closer: "And after that, who knew?"

In "Intervention," a realtor facing an ominous medical prognosis finds himself in his father's shadow while he presses forward--or not.

In "Voice," a semiretired academic is conned by his increasingly estranged brother into coming along on a group tour of the Venice Biennale, fleeing a mortifying incident with a traumatized student back in Massachusetts but encountering further complications in the maze of Venice.

And in "Milton and Marcus," a lapsed novelist struggles with his wife's illness and tries to rekindle his screenwriting career, only to be stymied by the pratfalls of that trade when he's called to an aging, iconic star's mountaintop retreat in Wyoming.

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"Starred Review. "Some writers have less fuel in the tank than others," one of his characters laments, but Russo himself is chugging along just fine." - Kirkus

"Starred Review. Getting into the minds of Russo's characters, no matter their background, is a singularly satisfying journey. Very few writers so thoroughly embrace human foibles, or present them in such an accepting and empathic manner." - Booklist

"Russo develops these stories with smooth assurance, allowing readers to discover layers of meaning in his perfectly calibrated narration." - Publishers Weekly

"A bit uneven but with many high points, this collection is not as engaging as the author's world-class long fiction, but still, be aware, this is Richard Russo." - Library Journal

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Richard Russo Author Biography

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Richard Russo knows small town America. This masterful novelist has an uncanny sense of the way life works in the gritty industrial towns of the American Northeast. From the gossip and the resentments to the people and the cafes, Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Richard Russo chronicles blue-collar America in ways constantly surprising and utterly revealing.

Russo's previous works include seven novels and one collection of short stories. His 2001 novel, Empire Falls, won the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. It was also adapted into an HBO mini-series, starring Paul Newman, Ed Harris, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, and Helen Hunt. His latest book, Elsewhere, came out in 2012.

Russo earned a bachelor's degree, a master's in fine arts, and a Ph.D. from the University of Arizona. He ...

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