"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"show more