By Russell Banks
Suffused with Russell Banks’s trademark lyricism and reckless humor, the twelve tales in A everlasting Member of the Family research the myriad methods we try—and occasionally fail—to connect to each other, as we search a house within the world.
In the name tale, a father appears again at the legend of the adored kinfolk puppy whose divided loyalties reflected the fragmenting of his marriage. “A Former Marine” asks, to chilling impression, if you can ever cease being a father or mother. And within the haunting, evocative “Veronica,” a mysterious girl looking for her daughter will not be who she claims she is.
Moving among the stark fantastic thing about iciness in upstate long island and the seductive warmth of Florida, Banks’s acute and penetrating assortment demonstrates the diversity and virtuosity of either his narrative prowess and his startlingly panoramic imaginative and prescient of contemporary American life.
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