In "Success Stories, " an exceptionally varied yet coherent collection, Russell Banks proves himself one of the most astute and forcerful writers in America today. "Queen for a Day, " "Success Story, " and "Adultery" trace the fortunes of the Painter family in their pursuit of and retreat from the American dream. Banks also explore the ethos of rampiant materialism in a group of contemporary moral fables. "The Fish" is an evocative parable of faith and greed set in a Southeast Asian village, "The Gully" tells of the profitability of violence and the ironies of upward mobility in a Latin American shantytown, and "Children's Story" explores the repressed rage and boils beneath the surface of relationships between parents and children and between citizens of the first and third worlds.
- Paperback | 192 pages
- 134.62 x 198.12 x 15.24mm | 90.72g
- 26 Apr 1996
- HarperCollins Publishers Inc
- New York, NY, United States
- black & white illustrations
"Each story is uncommonly good...surprising, lively writing and believably human characters....Banks has a terrific eye, mordant yet affectionate, for the bric-a-brac and the pathos of the American dream.""--Washington Post Book World"