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“[Russo] has joined those writers who can be said to have coined their own universe…. [He] achieves an emotional balance through his humor and generosity of spirit.” --Chicago Sun-Times
“The most expansive of contemporary writers.” -- The New York Times Book Review
“Straightforward and engaging from the first page… Mr. Russo makes writing short stories seem effortless.” --Wall Street Journal
“These beautifully crafted stories, made more appealing by their rueful humor, are the work of a writer at the top of his game.” –New York Post
“Russo is a master of the small moment as nuclear explosion, the life-changing turn of the screw. His writing is unornate, but as authoritative (and cool) as marble. . . .The Whore’s Child is . . . powerful and moving.” –Atlanta Journal Constitution
“The vigorous comic voice that has always been Russo’s is a great leavening force here. . . . These stories are something to be grateful for.” –Newsday
“The Whore’s Child pulsate[s] with real life.” –The New Leader
“[Russo] stands alone as the Stendhal of blue-collar America.” –Esquire
“Russo again proves himself the master of real-life angst with the comic twist. His characters are sometimes funny, often sad, but never pathetic.” –Orlando Sentinel
“The Whore’s Child should solidify his reputation….All seven stories are lovely examples of Russo’s wit and compassion.” –Newark Sunday Star-Ledger
It was an awful place, but Lin understood it was as perfectly real as every place else in the world, which was large beyond imagining, containing every single place he himself had ever been or never would see in his entire life.Uncommon in its natural insight, The Whore's Child recognizes the often unwelcome realities of experience and is all the more exceptional for it. --Ross Doll --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
- File Size : 628 KB
- Publication Date : December 18, 2007
- Publisher : Vintage (December 18, 2007)
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print Length : 242 pages
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B000XUBFCE
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #360,003 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I'm not a short story fan, but made an exception for this group, and was not unhappy that I did.
Russo is a master at characterization, and his heroes in these stories are observers of life, with the best story also concluding the book in "The Mysteries of Linwood Hart". Russo's observer here is the child of divorce, and it's not for the faint of heart, those that have had or are contemplating a divorce where there are children involved. The story seems to help us realize that the impact we all fear on the children involved is real, and goes beyond the ability to cope that we all hope they have.
"The Whore's Child" doesn't fit the collection really well, and it feels as though Russo sold out on the packaging, to get a tale in the lead whose title would draw readers who might not otherwise buy. As its own tale, however, the Whore's Child stands up to the standard set by Russo in his other work.
Nice change of pace for Russo fans!
He makes melancholy seem almost delightful and certainly magical. I cannot think of another writer who poses so many (unasked) questions with each and every character. I just wish he was younger -- me too! -- so he had a longer career ahead of him. Read him, if you haven't. You will never be sorry.
So I naturally bought this book immediately. Russo, however, is a long-distance writer, not a sprinter. His stories don't give him the space he needs to develop characters. While several of the stories in this collection are gems, one cannot help but think that Russo could have taken them further - a few hundred pages further - and make novels out of them.
I'll still give this 4 stars because Russo is one of the finest stylests writing in English today, and has one of the best ears for dialog. A great writer, but not a great book.