A Permanent Member of the Family

A Permanent Member of the Family

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A literary icon known for his searing portrayals of contemporary American life presents a collection of 12 short works, including 6 of which have never been published, that visit morally complex themes in a fractured nation of inhabitants searching for connection and understanding. 30,000 first printing.


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.

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A collection of twelve short works that portrays contemporary American family life visits morally complex themes in a fractured nation of inhabitants searching for connection and understanding.

Publisher: New York : ECCO, c2013
ISBN: 9780061857652
Branch Call Number: FIC BAN
Characteristics: 228 p. ;,24 cm.


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Jun 17, 2016

I should have read the reviews before selecting this title. Got through a few of the stories but the hopelessness of the characters in the stories was not for me. If I need to hear sad stories I can watch the news on TV.

ChristchurchLib Dec 16, 2013

"It's been over a decade since author Russell Banks has released a collection of short stories, and while some of the tales in this new collection have been published elsewhere, six are seeing the light of day for the first time. Known for incisive yet compassionate portraits of contemporary American life, Banks continues to mine both the struggle for the American dream and the bonds we all form - whether with family members or strangers - for his traditional, character-driven narratives. These stories might not have happy endings, but they are "honest, probing and moving" (Kirkus Reviews)." Fiction A to Z December 2013 newsletter http://www.nextreads.com/Display2.aspx?SID=5acc8fc1-4e91-4ebe-906d-f8fc5e82a8e0&N=711899

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