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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 simply like Richard Russo's style so I begin every one of his books with a high expectations and this one certainly met them. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Martin J. Coady
Russo's history was interesting and went a long way towards telling where his stories come from.Unfortunately a large part of the book is about moving his mother in and out of... Read morePublished 2 days ago by Stephen K.
Vintage Russo. A heartwarming story of a son's relationship with his mother during good times and bad.Published 4 days ago by Phil Cutler
Thus memoir is a touching and fascinating journey from a boyhood filled with challenges to a successful adult dealing with his internal demons. Read morePublished 24 days ago by DavidH
Great memoir. Makes it crystal clear where the inspiration for so many of his stories come fromPublished 27 days ago by Eduardo D. Mendez
Absolutely loved this book. As the daughter of a mother who developed mental illness in the last 22 years of her life, I understand how difficult it is to deal with a mother you... Read morePublished 1 month ago by spanielmom
An especially well written book. I love the characters. I love Richard RussoPublished 1 month ago by Kay Parlapiano
No wonder he didn't have any insight into his mother's illness, he is so in love with himself! The Woody Allen references make sense too...fellow egotistic snobs. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Mara23vich