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.
Continental Drift P.S.Harper Perennial #ad - Now available for the first time in e-book format, indelible story of fragile lives uprooted and transformed by injustice, Russell Banks's Continental Drift is a masterful novel of hope lost and gained, a powerful literary classic from one of contemporary fiction's most acclaimed and important writers, disappointment, and a gripping, and the seductions and realities of the American dream.
The Sweet Hereafter: A NovelHarper Perennial #ad - Using four different narrators, banks creates a small-town morality play that addresses one of life's most agonizing questions: when the worst thing happens, who do you blame? In the sweet hereafter, Russell Banks tells a story that begins with a school bus accident.
The Angel on the Roof: The Stories of Russell BanksHarper Perennial #ad - With the angel on the roof, russell banks offers readers an astonishing collection of thirty years of his short fiction, revised especially for this volume and highlighted by the inclusion of nine new stories that are among the finest he has ever written. Broad in scope and rich in imagination, The Angel on the Roof affirms Russell Banks's place as one of the masters of American storytelling.
As is characteristic of all of bank's works, extending into the vast territory of the heart and the world, these stories resonate with irony and compassion, honesty and insight, from working-class New England to Florida and the Caribbean and Africa.
Cloudsplitter: A NovelHarper Perennial #ad - A triumph of the imagination and a masterpiece of modern storytelling, last surviving son of America's most famous and still controversial political terrorist and martyr, Cloudsplitter is narrated by the enigmatic Owen Brown, John Brown. But within this broader scope, heartbreaking narrative filled with intimate scenes of domestic life, of violence and action in battle, Russell Banks has given us a riveting, suspenseful, of romance and familial life and death that make the reader feel in astonishing ways what it is like to be alive in that time.
Deeply researched, and peopled with a cast of unforgettable characters both historical and wholly invented, Cloudsplitter is dazzling in its re-creation of the political and social landscape of our history during the years before the Civil War, brilliantly plotted, when slavery was tearing the country apart.
TrailerparkHarper Perennial #ad - Get to know the colorful cast of characters at the granite state trailerpark, claudel in number 5 thinks he is lucky until his wife burns down their trailer and runs off with Howie Leeke, where Flora in number 11 keeps more than a hundred guinea pigs andscreams at people to stay away from her babies, and Noni in number 7 has telephone conversations with Jesus and tells the police about them.
. In this series of related short stories, realistic portrayals of individual Americans and paints a portrait of New England life that is at once dark, Russell Banks offers gripping, witty, and revealing.
Rule of the Bone: A NovelHarper Perennial #ad - When we first meet him, chappie is a punked-out teenager living with his mother and abusive stepfather in an upstate New York trailer park. It is an amazing journey of self-discovery through a world of magic, violence, betrayal and redemption. He finally settles in an abandoned schoolbus with Rose, a child he rescues from a fast-talking pedophile.
During this time, he slips into drugs and petty crime. There bone meets i-man, an exiled rastafarian, and together they begin a second adventure that takes the reader from Middle America to the ganja-growing mountains of Jamaica. Rejected by his parents, out of school and in trouble with the police, he claims for himself a new identity as a permanent outsider; he gets a crossed-bones tattoo on his arm, and takes the name "Bone.
Rule of the Bone: A Novel #ad - He finds dangerous refuge with a group of biker-thieves, and then hides in the boarded-up summer house of a professor and his wife.
Lost Memory of SkinEcco #ad - The acclaimed author of the sweet hereafter and rule of the bone returns with a provocative new novel that illuminates the shadowed edges of contemporary American culture with startling and unforgettable resultsSuspended in a strangely modern-day version of limbo, the young man at the center of Russell Banks’s uncompromising and morally complex new novel must create a life for himself in the wake of incarceration.
A mature and masterful work of contemporary fiction from one of our most accomplished storytellers, Lost Memory of Skin unfolds in language both powerful and beautifully lyrical, show-casing Banks at his most compelling, his reckless sense of humor and intense empathy at full bore. The perfect convergence of writer and subject, lost Memory of Skin probes the zeitgeist of a troubled society where zero tolerance has erased any hope of subtlety and compassion—a society where isolating the offender has perhaps created a new kind of victim.
Enter the professor, a man who has built his own life on secrets and lies. A university sociologist of enormous size and intellect, he finds in the Kid the perfect subject for his research on homelessness and recidivism among convicted sex offenders. The two men forge a tentative partnership, the Kid remaining wary of the Professor’s motives even as he accepts the counsel and financial assistance of the older man.
Lost Memory of Skin #ad - When the camp beneath the causeway is raided by the police, and later, when a hurricane all but destroys the settlement, the Professor tries to help the Kid in practical matters while trying to teach his young charge new ways of looking at, and understanding, what he has done. Known in his new identity only as the kid, and on probation after doing time for a liaison with an underage girl, he is shackled to a GPS monitoring device and forbidden to live within 2, 500 feet of anywhere children might gather.
AfflictionHarper Perennial #ad - Wade whitehouse is an improbable protagonist for a tragedy. Told by his articulate, equally scarred younger brother, Wade's story becomes as spellbinding and inexorable as a fuse burning its way to the dynamite. A well-digger and policeman in a bleak New Hampshire town, he is a former high-school star gone to beer fat, a loner with a mean streak.
. It is a mark of russell banks' artistry and understanding that Wade comes to loom in one's mind as a blue-collar American Everyman afflicted by the dark secret of the macho tradition.
The Darling: A NovelHarper Perennial #ad - Hannah flees america for west africa, where she and her Liberian husband become friends of the notorious warlord and ex-president, Charles Taylor. Set in liberia and the united states from 1975 through 1991, The Darling is the story of Hannah Musgrave, a political radical and member of the Weather Underground.
. Hannah's encounter with taylor ultimately triggers a series of events whose momentum catches Hannah's family in its grip and forces her to make a heartrending choice.
The Reserve: A Novel P.S.HarperCollins e-books #ad - Emotionally unstable from the start, and further unhinged by her father's unexpected death, Vanessa begins to spin wildly out of control, manipulating and destroying the lives of all who cross her path. Moving from the secluded beauty of the adirondack wilderness to the skies above war-torn Spain and Fascist Germany, The Reserve is a clever, incisive, and passionately romantic novel of suspense that adds a new dimension to this acclaimed author's extraordinary repertoire.
But for all his worldly swagger, Jordan is as staggered by Vanessa's beauty and charm as she is by his defiant independence. Part love story, art, and madness—and explores what happens when two powerful personalities, trapped at opposite ends of a social divide, Russell Banks's sharp-witted and deeply engaging new novel raises dangerous questions about class, love, part murder mystery, set on the cusp of the Second World War, politics, begin to break the rules.
The Reserve: A Novel P.S. #ad - Twenty-nine-year-old vanessa cole is a wild, stunningly beautiful heiress, the adopted only child of a highly regarded New York brain surgeon and his socialite wife. He falls easy prey to her electrifying personality, but it is not long before he discovers that the heiress carries a dark, deeply scarring family secret.
Twice married, vanessa has been scandalously linked to any number of rich and famous men. But on the night of july 4, and a mysteriously seductive local artist, jordan groves, at her parents' country home in a remote Adirondack Mountain enclave known as The Reserve, two events coincide to permanently alter the course of Vanessa's callow life: her father dies suddenly of a heart attack, 1936, blithely lands his Waco biplane in the pristine waters of the forbidden Upper Lake.