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By (author) Richard Russo

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  • Publisher: Vintage Books
  • Format: Paperback | 246 pages
  • Dimensions: 130mm x 201mm x 23mm | 272g
  • Publication date: 30 July 2013
  • ISBN 10: 0307949761
  • ISBN 13: 9780307949769
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Sales rank: 231,131

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A" Washington Post" Notable Work of Nonfiction An NPR Best Book of 2012 Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Richard Russo turns to memoir in this hilarious and bittersweet account of his lifelong bond with his high-strung, spirited mother--and the small town she spent her life trying to escape. Anyone familiar with Russo's novels will recognize Gloversville--once famous for producing nine out of ten dress gloves in the United States. By the time Rick was born, ladies had stopped wearing gloves and Gloversville was on its way out. Jean Russo instilled in her son her dream of a better life elsewhere, a dream that prompted her to follow him across the country when he went to college. Their adventures and tribulations on that road trip were a preview of the hold his mother would continue to have on him as she kept trying desperately to change her life. Recounted with a clear-eyed mix of regret, nostalgia, and love, "Elsewhere" is a stirring tribute to the tenacious grip of the past.

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Richard Russo lives with his wife in Camden, Maine, and Boston. In 2002 he was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for "Empire Falls."

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"A gorgeously nuanced memoir about Russo's mother and his own lifelong tour of duty spent--lovingly and exhaustedly--looking out for her. . . . Russo is the Bruce Springsteen of novelists . . . in a paragraph or even a phrase, he can summon up a whole world, and the world he writes most poignantly about is that of the industrial white working class." --Maureen Corrigan, "Fresh Air" " " "Moving and darkly funny. . . Russo mines grace from his gritty hometown [and] the greatest charm of this memoir lies in the absences of self-pity and pretension in his take on his own history." --Amy Finnerty, "The Wall Street Journal" "Heartfelt and generous." --Tricia Springstubb, "Cleveland Plain Dealer" " " "One of the most honest, moving American memoirs in years... Russo's straightforward writing style is even more effective in "Elsewhere" [and his] intellectual and emotional honesty are remarkable." --Michael Schaub, NPR.org "Rich and layered... an honest book about a universal subject: those familial bonds that only get trickier with time." --Kevin Canfield, "Minneapolis Star Tribune" "Russo conjures the incredible bond between single mother and only child in a way that makes his story particularly powerful." --Nicholas Mancusi, The Daily Beast "Russo brings the same clear-eyed humanism that marks his fiction to this by turns funny and moving portrait of his mother and her never-ending quest to escape the provincial confines of their hometown." --Joanne Wilkinson, "Booklist" "An affecting yet never saccharine glimpse of the relationship among place, family and fiction." --"Kirkus"