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The Resource Understanding Richard Russo, Kathleen Drowne

Understanding Richard Russo, Kathleen Drowne

Label
Understanding Richard Russo
Title
Understanding Richard Russo
Statement of responsibility
Kathleen Drowne
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
In Understanding Richard Russo Kathleen Drowne explores the significant themes and techniques in Richard Russo's seven novels, one memoir, and two short story collections, including the 2002 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, Empire Falls. Known for assembling large casts of eccentric characters and developing sweeping multigenerational storylines, Russo brings to life the hard-hit rural manufacturing towns of the Northeast as he explores the bewildering, painful complexities of family relationships. Drowne first recounts Russo's biography, then explores his novels chronologically, and concludes with a chapter dedicated to his shorter fiction and nonfiction. As Drowne invites readers to appreciate more fully this accomplished chronicler of American small towns, she shows how the empathy that Russo creates for his protagonists is amplified by the careful detail with which he realizes their worlds. In her approaches to Mohawk, The Risk Pool, Nobody's Fool, Empire Falls, and Bridge of Sighs, Drowne traces the primary recurring concern of Russo's work: the plight of deteriorating rural communities and the dramatic impact of that decline on their blue-collar inhabitants and families. Russo's characters have jobs, not careers, and Russo's family relationships are not just nuclear, but multigenerational. Drowne shows that in such a web of powerlessness and attachment Russo explores relationships between emotionally scarred sons and their abusive, absent, or neglectful fathers as well as the frustrated relationships with mothers who yearn for their sons to turn out differently than their fathers. Drowne also highlights Russo's talent for realistic but highly eccentric characters--worn-out construction workers and odd-jobbers, barflies, has-beens, and ne'er-do-wells--whose lives are emblematic of both the dignity and the desperation of crumbling Rust Belt towns. And out of his melancholic surroundings and struggling characters, Drowne shows how Russo consistently reveals a remarkable, literate humor. Her study offers readers an insightful point of entry into one of America's finest contemporary comic writers, a so-called bard of the working class and a chronicler of small-town America. --Provided by publisher
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Biography type
contains biographical information
Cataloging source
DLC
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Drowne, Kathleen Morgan
Dewey number
813/.54
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Index
index present
LC call number
PS3568.U812
LC item number
Z58 2014
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Understanding contemporary American literature
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Russo, Richard
  • Russo, Richard
  • Working class in literature
  • Russo, Richard
  • Working class in literature
Label
Understanding Richard Russo, Kathleen Drowne
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Contents
Understanding Richard Russo -- Mohawk -- The risk pool -- Nobody's fool -- Straight man -- Empire falls -- Bridge of sighs -- That old cape magic -- Other works
Control code
876140461
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
142 pages
Isbn
9781611174021
Isbn Type
(hardbound : alk. paper)
Lccn
2014007292
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)876140461
Label
Understanding Richard Russo, Kathleen Drowne
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Contents
Understanding Richard Russo -- Mohawk -- The risk pool -- Nobody's fool -- Straight man -- Empire falls -- Bridge of sighs -- That old cape magic -- Other works
Control code
876140461
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
142 pages
Isbn
9781611174021
Isbn Type
(hardbound : alk. paper)
Lccn
2014007292
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)876140461

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