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    DescriptionWilliam Henry Devereaux, Jr., spiritually suited to playing left field but forced by a bad hamstring to try first base, is the unlikely chairman of the English department at West Central Pennsylvania University. Over the course of a single convoluted week, he threatens to execute a goose, has his nose slashed by a feminist poet, discovers that his secretary writes better fiction than he does, suspects his wife of having an affair with his dean, and finally confronts his philandering elderly father, the one-time king of American Literary Theory, at an abandoned amusement park.


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    Title
    Straight Man
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Richard Russo
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 416
    Width: 130 mm
    Height: 203 mm
    Thickness: 23 mm
    Weight: 113 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780375701900
    ISBN 10: 0375701907
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: GEN
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: F1.1
    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    DC21: 813.54
    BIC subject category V2: FA
    B&T General Subject: 360
    B&T Book Type: FI
    DC22: FIC
    LC subject heading:
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 21110
    Ingram Subject Code: FC
    Libri: I-FC
    Ingram Theme: CULT/MIDATL, CULT/NRTHES
    DC22: 813/.54
    LC subject heading: ,
    Ingram Theme: GEOG/PENNSY
    LC classification: PS3568.U812 S77 1998
    BISAC V2.8: FIC019000
    Publisher
    Random House USA Inc
    Imprint name
    Vintage Books
    Publication date
    06 September 1998
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Author Information
    Richard Russo lives in coastal Maine with his wife and their two daughters. He has written five novels: Mohawk, The Risk Pool, Nobody's Fool, Straight Man, and Empire Falls, and a collection of stories, The Whore's Child.
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    In this uproarious new novel, Richard Russo performs his characteristic high-wire walk between hilarity and heartbreak. Russo's protagonist is William Henry Devereaux, Jr., the reluctant chairman of the English department of a badly underfunded college in the Pennsylvania rust belt. Devereaux's reluctance is partly rooted in his character--he is a born anarchist-- and partly in the fact that his department is more savagely divided than the Balkans. In the course of a single week, Devereaux will have his nose mangled by an angry colleague, imagine his wife is having an affair with his dean, wonder if a curvaceous adjunct is trying to seduce him with peach pits, and threaten to execute a goose on local television. All this while coming to terms with his philandering father, the dereliction of his youthful promise, and the ominous failure of certain vital body functions. in short, Straight Man is classic Russo--side-splitting and true-to-life, witty, compassionate, and impossible to put down.