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A Permanent Member of the Family [Paperback]

Russell Banks
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7 Nov 2013
One of America's most prestigious writers, Russell Banks is a literary icon whose works probe the deepest recesses of American life. His profound and resonant stories of the lives of ordinary Americans have appeared regularly in anthologies and collections, including The Best American Short Stories. Reminiscent of Don DeLillo and Raymond Carver, this collection of twelve short works showcases a master at the peak of his intuitive powers. As he did in his haunting, classic works The Sweet Hereafter, Rule of the Bone and Lost Memory of Skin, Banks explores provocative themes with pathos and sharp insight. Each of the stories in this powerful collection demonstrates the range of his narrative virtuosity and a startlingly panoramic vision of humanity which recalls the moral sweep of John Steinbeck's writing. A Permanent Member of the Family is a stunning addition to the canon of a writer 'whose great works resonate with such heart and soul' (New York Times).

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Clerkenwell Press (7 Nov 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846689694
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846689697
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 13.4 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 365,867 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'It's hard to resist the power of such clear and bracingly honest writing' The List

'Russell takes all his characters and his stories in such unexpected directions that we start to see loss in a different way' Daily Mail

'This is a collection to shout about. It is one of the best books published this year... Exactly how good a writer is Russell Banks? How about wonderful? ' Irish Times

'Banks remains a master' Sunday Express

'Each story has the ripe, full-blooded power of a vintage William Trevor tale...A short story collection that ranks highly among the books we have read this year - and a short story collection that might well be the short story collection of 2013' --Bookmunch.wordpress.com

'Banks is excellent at imbuing short sentences with real heft, and there's an emotional weight that pervades the collection' --Sunday Business Post

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The first story collection in a decade from the great Russell Banks

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A great collection. A couple of the stories aren't quite as strong as the others. Still, mostly filled with work that is expertly crafted and a (slightly uncomfortable) pleasure to read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good stories but a bit short. 17 May 2014
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The stories race towards their finish without time to really grab your attention. be a little longer.I would have liked them to
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5.0 out of 5 stars Observant, poignant and with a kick to the belly 30 Nov 2013
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Sharply observed moments of change in characters' lives, beautifully written. His stories linger long after one has finished reading them.
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5.0 out of 5 stars a must read 11 Dec 2013
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this is the first Russell Banks book I have read and it was absolutely magic, a must for any short story aficionado!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A present 8 Jan 2014
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This book was a present and I believe the recipient of it was over the moon with it. Thank You.
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