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Sensitively written, Russo's memoir is really his mother's story, and how her often-sad life shaped his life and craft.
Specifically, the subject matter (by its very nature) isn't easy to take and there is perhaps a bit too much detail-- which contributes to reader fatigue.
I strongly recommend everything Richard Russo has ever written but if you're going to read only one of his books, "Elsewhere" is the one to read.
I have been a big fan of Richard Russo for many years so I was anxious to read this because there had not been a new Russo book for awhile. Read morePublished 7 days ago by J. B. Altman
Have gotten to know this man through his novels and have always wished he were my neighbor. A rare reader of non-fiction, I found this book insightful and rich.Published 18 days ago by Francis J. Gaul, Jr.
A story of a young man whose life revolves around his mother and her needs throughout his life. I have to admit it tugged at me. My own mother was similar. Read morePublished 19 days ago by Judith Sinise
A wonderful trip through the eyes of the author of his life with his mother, who in later years would be diagnosed with OCD, but probably suffered with it for a long time. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Monarch Butterfly
This memoir was excruciatingly painful to read. I was exhausted, weary, and frustrated by the thought that this is just one story in a million about an adult child with a... Read morePublished 1 month ago by sharon waltz
I became a fan of Richard Russo only a couple of years ago and have read everything he has written. Wonderfully, his memoir reads like fiction. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Gayle Thompson
Russo tells a tale that left me feeling sad, frustrated, yet able to laugh at the lives he details in this story of a place that was once home but never felt like it fit. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Harold Flint