By Russell Banks
Suffused with Russell Banks’s trademark lyricism and reckless humor, the twelve tales in A everlasting Member of the Family learn the myriad methods we try—and occasionally fail—to hook up with each other, as we search a house within the world.
In the identify tale, a father appears again at the legend of the adored relatives puppy whose divided loyalties reflected the fragmenting of his marriage. “A Former Marine” asks, to chilling influence, if you may ever cease being a guardian. And within the haunting, evocative “Veronica,” a mysterious lady trying to find her daughter will not be who she claims she is.
Moving among the stark great thing about iciness in upstate manhattan and the seductive warmth of Florida, Banks’s acute and penetrating assortment demonstrates the variety and virtuosity of either his narrative prowess and his startlingly panoramic imaginative and prescient of contemporary American life.
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