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The Whore's Child: and Other Stories (original 2002; edição 2002)

por Richard Russo

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In his first collection, a master storyteller focuses on a fresh and fascinating range of human behavior. A jaded Hollywood movie-maker uncovers a decades-old flame he never knew he'd harbored; a precocious fifth grader puzzles over life, love, and baseball as he watches his parents' marriage dissolve; another child is forced into a harrowing cross-country escape; an elderly couple rediscovers the power of their relationship; and in the title story, a septuagenarian nun invades the narrator's college writing workshop with an incredible saga.… (mais)
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Título:The Whore's Child: and Other Stories
Autores:Richard Russo
Informação:Knopf (2002), Edition: 1st, Hardcover, 240 pages
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Richard Russo is an old soul. He writes eloquently about what is more likely his parents' time -- of cocktail parties and defined gender roles and the conundrums of middle age, and the era of American manufacturing and the echoes it leaves in contemporary times. This collection of short stories touches on many of these themes with earnestness and sympathy and careful attention. ( )
  CarrieWuj | Oct 24, 2020 |
I love short stories and i really enjoy Richard Russo. Thus i was excited to tear into this small collection. And i was not disappointed!!! I loved this book. Russo has some mysterious way of totally captivating me with his character's humanity.....i feel like i know them, be they adult or child.....i've felt those same things.....occasionally i realize he could be talking about me! Or my mother! It was really a joy to read. I live in Maine, as does Russo, so the Maine settings trip my trigger as well. 'The Whore's Child' (sad & poignant) was probably my favorite, with 'Joy Ride' (a child forced to deal with a mother trying to figure things out), 'Monhegan Island' (Seeing our life through someone else's eyes) , & 'The Mysteries of Linwood Hart' (the absolute mystery of growing up as a child with adult parents) all close behind. A quick easy read that i was sorry ended after only 7 stories! Thank you Mr. Russo! ( )
1 vote jeffome | Mar 18, 2018 |
Richard Russo is simply one my favorite authors and one of our best contemporary writers. I believe that I have now read all of his fiction. He writes novels but has done a couple of short story collections and this one would be a perfect introduction into his work. He writes a lot about working class towns in New England and the east. This collections deals with many different subjects but it is best at revealing the inner workings of his characters minds. The final and longest story is about a 10 year old boy dealing with his parents marital difficulties while he develops an interest in baseball. The book was worth it just for that story alone. You may also be familiar with Russo through his Pulitzer winning novel "Empire Falls" and "Nobody's Fool" which was made into a movie starring Paul Newman. Check him out. You will not be sorry. ( )
  nivramkoorb | Mar 15, 2018 |
This is a 2002 book, collecting seven stories by the Pulitzer winning author. I've read several of his books, and though I no longer seek him out, this was a good detour into his short work. Enjoyed all to some degree, perhaps "Buoyancy" was my favorite: A forced-retired english professor and his delicate wife make a recuperative vacation to a New England beach inn, where he is roiled by his own inadequacies. Russo's characters always seem to be trying to come to grips with their very real human weaknesses. Glad I read these, but I feel his affability lends itself more to the novel form. ( )
  ThoughtPolice | Dec 28, 2017 |
4.5 These short stories will stand out in my experiences equally and caused me to contemplate the complex motivations, reactions, consequences, and feelings behind and within the simplest of human experiences.

Russo excels at creating characters who are so real that later you find yourself saying, "I know this guy once who....." and you realize, "No I didn't--that was a character in a book!"

This reading experience even had a perfect ending. I intended to finish it on the airplane so that I could leave it in the seat-back pocket for another traveler's serendipitous find. Better yet, a passenger next to me peeked at the cover of my engaging read and said, "Russo? Is this a new one? I've read everything he's written and I've never even heard of this one. I love Russo.... I saw him speak in Syracuse...." I finished this collection within 4 minutes of landing and handed it to her. So satisfying. ( )
  engpunk77 | Aug 10, 2015 |
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Collection contains:
  • Whore's Child
  • Monhegan Light
  • Farther You Go
  • Joy Ride
  • Buoyancy
  • Poison
  • Mysteries of Linwood Hart
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In his first collection, a master storyteller focuses on a fresh and fascinating range of human behavior. A jaded Hollywood movie-maker uncovers a decades-old flame he never knew he'd harbored; a precocious fifth grader puzzles over life, love, and baseball as he watches his parents' marriage dissolve; another child is forced into a harrowing cross-country escape; an elderly couple rediscovers the power of their relationship; and in the title story, a septuagenarian nun invades the narrator's college writing workshop with an incredible saga.

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