Thursday, November 5, 2015

How did I miss Richard Russo?

Isn't it great when you discover a new writer whose work really appeals to you? Especially when there are several other titles to explore. My latest find is Richard Russo, whose 2009 book, "That Old Cape Magic" was selected for our book club to discuss next month.  I really enjoyed the book. It's a traditional American story of a man in mid-to-late life who revisits memories and in doing so threatens his marriage. Russo is a great story teller and quite a philosopher too, as well as being very funny at times.

So I looked at the library catalogue and ordered a few more. It turns out he's both a screenwriter and a novelist and he won a Pulitzer Prize for his novel "Empire Falls." There are also several movies out based on his books.

His most recent work, which I got from the library is "Elsewhere" and happens to be memoir of his life and relationships. I enjoyed finding out about his life and the ways it intersects with the novel I'd just finished.

Now I"m deep into "Bridge of Sighs" and I liking this too. His engaging style and gentle pacing are just what I'm wanting now. He writes from his experience growing up in mill towns in upstate New York.  Probably you know of his work, but if not, check it out.


  1. I think somewhere along the line I've heard of Bridge of Sighs.

  2. This sounds like something I would like to read
    but I am having a really hard time reading right now.
    I will put this on my list.

    cheers, parsnip


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