Mohawk

Mohawk

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by Richard Russo
     
 

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Mohawk, New York, is one of those small towns that lie almost entirely on the wrong side of the tracks. Its citizens, too, have fallen on hard times. Dallas Younger, a star athlete in high school, now drifts from tavern to poker game, losing money, and, inevitably, another set of false teeth. His ex-wife, Anne, is stuck in a losing battle with her mother over the

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Mohawk, New York, is one of those small towns that lie almost entirely on the wrong side of the tracks. Its citizens, too, have fallen on hard times. Dallas Younger, a star athlete in high school, now drifts from tavern to poker game, losing money, and, inevitably, another set of false teeth. His ex-wife, Anne, is stuck in a losing battle with her mother over the care of her sick father. And their son, Randall, is deliberately neglecting his school work—because in a place like Mohawk it doesn't pay to be too smart.

In Mohawk Richard Russo explores these lives with profound compassion and flint-hard wit. Out of derailed ambitions and old loves, secret hatreds and communal myths, he has created a richly plotted, densely populated, and wonderfully written novel that captures every nuance of America's backyard.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Moving dramatizes an older, innocent way of life...brisk, colorful, and often witty." — The New York Times Book Review
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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780679753827
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
04/28/1994
Series:
Vintage Contemporaries Series
Edition description:
Reissue
Pages:
432
Sales rank:
124,963
Product dimensions:
5.19(w) x 7.98(h) x 0.92(d)

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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.

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.
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.