by Richard Russo
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Mohawk by Richard Russo

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, Pulitzer Prize-winning author, 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.

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: 155,959
Product dimensions: 5.19(w) x 7.98(h) x 0.92(d)

About the Author

Richard Russo is the author of eight novels; two collections of stories; and Elsewhere, a memoir. In 2002 he received the Pulitzer Prize for Empire Falls, which like Nobody’s Fool was adapted to film, in a multiple-award-winning HBO miniseries.


Gloversville, New York

Date of Birth:

July 15, 1949

Place of Birth:

Johnstown, New York


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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Did we move to nigh or somethng i heard camp was at scarlet letter. I heard it was at nigh . WERE IS THE REAL CAMP?
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mistermomo More than 1 year ago
Yuck. Good author, terrible book.