A Permanent Member of the Family

A Permanent Member of the Family

by Russell Banks
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A Permanent Member of the Family by Russell Banks

Suffused with Russell Banks’s trademark lyricism and reckless humor, the twelve stories in A Permanent Member of the Family examine the myriad ways we try—and sometimes fail—to connect with one another, as we seek a home in the world.

In the title story, a father looks back on the legend of the cherished family dog whose divided loyalties mirrored the fragmenting of his marriage. “A Former Marine” asks, to chilling effect, if one can ever stop being a parent. And in the haunting, evocative “Veronica,” a mysterious woman searching for her daughter may not be who she claims she is.

Moving between the stark beauty of winter in upstate New York and the seductive heat of Florida, Banks’s acute and penetrating collection demonstrates the range and virtuosity of both his narrative prowess and his startlingly panoramic vision of modern American life.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061857669
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 09/09/2014
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 895,869
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Russell Banks, twice a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, is one of America’s most prestigious fiction writers, a past president of the International Parliament of Writers, and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. His work has been translated into twenty languages and has received numerous prizes and awards, including the Common Wealth Award for Literature. He lives in upstate New York and Miami, Florida.

Date of Birth:

March 28, 1940

Place of Birth:

Newton, Massachusetts

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A Permanent Member of the Family 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
ChoAZ More than 1 year ago
This collection of stories is easy to put down and difficult to get into again. The characters are not well developed, I don't identify with them  and the endings are not satisfying. Three stars is because they are otherwise well written. If you can pick up the book at the library for free, go for it. If you have to buy it, don't spend your money. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A fine collection by the master of contemporary realism, old-school style. Highly recommended.