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Sweet Hereafter
     

Sweet Hereafter

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by Russell Banks
 

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ISBN-10: 067697094X

ISBN-13: 2900676970943

Pub. Date: 09/08/1997

Publisher: Knopf Canada

In The Sweet Hereafter, Russell Banks tells a story that begins with a school bus accident. Using four different narrators, Banks creates a small-town morality play that addresses one of life's most agonizing questions: when the worst thing happens, who do you blame?

Author Biography:

Russell Banks was raised in New Hampshire and eastern

Overview

In The Sweet Hereafter, Russell Banks tells a story that begins with a school bus accident. Using four different narrators, Banks creates a small-town morality play that addresses one of life's most agonizing questions: when the worst thing happens, who do you blame?

Author Biography:

Russell Banks was raised in New Hampshire and eastern Massachusetts. The eldest of four children, he grew up in a working-class environment, which has played a major role in his writing.

Mr. Banks (who was the first in his family to go to college) attended Colgate University for less than a semester, and later graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Before he could support himself as a writer, he tried his hand at plumbing, and as a shoe salesman and window trimmer. More recently, he has taught at a number of colleges and universities, including Columbia University, Sarah Lawrence, University of New Hampshire, New England College, New York University and Princeton University.

A prolific writer of fiction, his titles include Searching for Survivors, Family Life, Hamilton Stark, The New World, The Book of Jamaica, Trailerpark, The Relation of My Imprisonment, Continental Drift, Success Stories, Affliction, The Sweet Hereafter, Rule of the Bone, and Cloudsplitter. He has also contributed poems, stories and essays to The Boston Globe Magazine, Vanity Fair, The New York Times Book Review, Esquire, Harper's, and many other publications.

His works have been widely translated and published in Europe and Asia. Two of his novels have been adapted for feature-length films, The Sweet Hereafter (directed by AtomGoyan, winner of the Grand Prix and International Critics Prize at the 1997 Cannes Film Festival) and Affliction (directed by Paul Schrader, starring Nick Nolte, Willem Dafoe, Sissy Spacek, and James Coburn). He is the screenwriter of a film adaptation of Continental Drift.

Mr. Banks has won numerous awards and prizes for his work, among them a Guggenheim Fellowship, National Endowment for the Arts Creative Writing Fellowships, Ingram Merrill Award, The St. Lawrence Award for Short Fiction, O. Henry and Best American Short Story Award, The John Dos Passos Award, and the Literature Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Continental Drift and Cloudsplitter were finalists for the Pulitzer Prize in 1986 and 1998 respectively. Affliction was short listed for both the PEN/Faulkner Fiction Prize and the Irish International Prize.

He has lived in a variety of places, from New England to Jamaica, which have contributed to the richness of his writing. He is currently living in upstate New York. The Angel On The Roof is his first collection of short stories in fifteen years.

Russell Banks is married to the poet Chase Twichell, and is the father of four grown daughters.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2900676970943
Publisher:
Knopf Canada
Publication date:
09/08/1997
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
272

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Sweet Hereafter 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the narration by different perspectives. It made it very hard to make someone out as a bad guy. Some of the narrations left me wanting more. What ever happened to the attorney and his daughter? There is a lot of character development but then it left me hanging.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I recently finished this novel, which I was asked to read for my grade 8 class. The teacher thought I would like it because it deals with kids my age. Sadly, I found this book disturbing and inapropriate. The descriptive parts were long and redundant, and it had way to much sexual content for a 13 year old. If any of you are teachers reading this, I would urge you not to give it to your class as required reading.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Nice story. Just a little less rushed and more detail. :) read mine at 'erduit' all results continued at 'uj' results 1-13!
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This book was fantastic. Within the first ten pages I was hooked and couldn't set it down! Very good story...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It's written in such a way that you just flow from one event to the next. The language is simple but powerful. I totally recommend it!
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I love this book i cant even stop reading it . This book is so exciting
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a great book that really made me think and evoked a great deal of emotion
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Guest More than 1 year ago
What happens to a small town when it loses a number of its children in a senseless accident? 'The Sweet Hereafter' is narrated by different people involved in the accident, each with his/her perspective, opinion, and ox to gore. I particularly admire Banks' ability to change voice from one person to the next, and the way he maintains suspense not only from a plot point of view (what happens next?) but also by reliability of narrator (that's what he said; what will she say?). My only gripe is that it's a rather short book and could have gone into more detail. But isn't it better for a novel to be too short than too long?
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It had been almost a week amd sammy was still trapped. M-14 had become known as Diego and she had figured out how to communicate and had come to like him and a new doctor had been brought. Dr.Alyssa and sammy was getting weaker and weaker. Suddenly everything went black she heard glass shattering and liquid poured down her throat. She awoke she felt different the vat had changed her. She looked down and saw that she was now a mishmash of animal parts. Diego had left. Sammy didnt know why but she desperately wanted him to come back. The liquid from the shattered vat had contaminated the lab and they had to move not a day went by that sammy didnt think of diego. While mandy loved to lock her in a cage. Sammy made a new friend a raccoon named lucky. Now she waited alone in her cell every day for diego her only friend at the labs. (Get the hint diego)