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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Of the many writers working in the great tradition today, one of the best is Russell Banks (Jonathan Franzen)
Banks is one of those precious writers like Twain or Salinger who creates a voice so wonderfully real that the experience of reading them is like a conversation with an old friend ( Sunday Times)
If you've never read Russell Banks it's time you acquired the habit (Elmore Leonard)
Russell Banks's work presents without falsehood and with tough affection the uncompromising moral voice of our time ... I trust his portraits of America more than any other - the burden of it, the need for it, the hell of it. (Michael Ondaatje)
A living master at the height of his powers. (Jennifer Haigh)
Praise for The Lost Memory of Skin:
Electrifying( Sunday Times)
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?
(Eileen Battersby Irish Times 2013-11-16)
The first story collection in a decade from the great Russell Banks
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Book Description Ecco Press, United States, 2013. Hardback. Book Condition: New. 236 x 150 mm. Language: English . Brand New Book. 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. Bookseller Inventory # AAS9780061857652