Mohawk

Mohawk

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by Richard Russo
     
 

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Originally published in 1986 in the Vintage Contemporaries paperback series—and reissued now in hardcover alongside his masterful new novel, Empire Falls—Richard Russo’s Mohawk remains today as it was described then: A first novel with all the assurance of a mature writer at the peak of form and ambition, Mohawk is set in upstate…  See more details below

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Originally published in 1986 in the Vintage Contemporaries paperback series—and reissued now in hardcover alongside his masterful new novel, Empire Falls—Richard Russo’s Mohawk remains today as it was described then: A first novel with all the assurance of a mature writer at the peak of form and ambition, Mohawk is set in upstate New York and chronicles over a dozen lives in a leather town, long after the tanneries have started closing down. Ranging over three generations—and clustered mainly in two clans, the Grouses and the Gaffneys—these remarkably various lives share only the common human dilemmas and the awesome physical and emotional presence of Mohawk itself.

For this is a town like Winesburg, Ohio or Our Town, in our time, that encompasses a plethora of characters, events and mysteries. At once honestly tragic and sharply, genuinely funny, Mohawk captures life, then affirms it.


From the Hardcover edition.

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Editorial Reviews

Boston Globe
Russo is a master craftsman . . . The blue-collar heartache at the center of his fiction has the sheen of Dickens but the epic levity of John Irving.
Houston Chronicle
Richard Russo [is] a masterful storyteller with a mission: to chronicle with insight and compassion the day-to-day life of small-town America . . . alternating episodes of boisterous humor with moments of heart-wrenching pathos . . . His characters are wholly sympathetic, but they are also human.
From the Publisher
"Moving dramatizes an older, innocent way of life...brisk, colorful, and often witty." — The New York Times Book Review

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780307809841
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
11/09/2011
Series:
Vintage Contemporaries
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
432
Sales rank:
196,206
File size:
2 MB

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Annie Proulx
After the last sentence is read, the reader continues to see Russo's tender, messed-up people coming out of doorways, lurching through life. And keeps on seeing them because they are as real as we are.

Meet the Author

Richard Russo in 1986. His novels The Risk Pool, Nobody’s Fool and Straight Man are available in Vintage paperback. He now lives in coastal Maine with his wife and their two daughters.


From the Trade Paperback edition.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Gloversville, New York
Date of Birth:
July 15, 1949
Place of Birth:
Johnstown, New York
Education:
B.A., University of Arizona, 1967; Ph.D., University of Arizona, 1979; M.F.A., University of Arizona, 1980

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Mohawk 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
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randeejae More than 1 year ago
As a first novel, it was clear that Russo would be someone to watch. While I found the characters a bit difficult to keep straight initially, by the middle of the book, I couldn't put it down. I didn't love the characters as I have all of Russo's subsequent small town folks. The poignant tug on your heart as you follow along a total a-hole was missing. However, I still think it was a very good book and remarkable for a first novel.
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mistermomo More than 1 year ago
Yuck. Good author, terrible book.