A master of the novel, short story and memoir, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Everybody's Foolnow gives us his very first collection of personal essays, thoughts on writing, reading and living.
In these nine essays, Richard Russo provides insight into his life as a writer, teacher, friend and reader. From a commencement speech to the story of how an oddly placed toilet made him reevaluate the purpose of humour in art and life, to a comprehensive analysis of Mark Twain's value, to his harrowing journey accompanying a dear friend as she pursued gender-reassignment surgery, The Destiny Thief reflects the broad interests and experiences of one of America's most beloved authors.
Warm, funny, wise and poignant, the essays included here traverse Russo's writing life, expanding our understanding of who he is and how his singular, incredibly generous mind works. An utter joy to read, they give deep insight into the creative process from the perspective of one of our greatest writers.
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Number of pages: 224
Weight: 335 g
Dimensions: 225 x 145 x 23 mm
Entertaining slices of writerly wisdom * Guardian *
Russo's colourful book offers his novels' fans more of his dazzling and moving writing, often revealing glimpses of the forces that drive a bestselling fiction writer. * Publishers Weekly *
Splendid. . . . These are wise, personal pieces, and readers get to know the author as a comforting, funny, and welcoming guy. * Kirkus *
For aspiring writers, Russo's musings on the art and craft of the novel are a trove of knowledge and guidance. For adoring readers, they are a window into the imagination and inspiration for Russo's beloved novels, screenplays, and short stories. . . . Few authors seem as approachable in print and, one suspects, in person as acclaimed novelist Russo. * Booklist *
Certain to please anyone familiar with his short fiction and novels. . . . The unselfconscious voice threading through these nine explorations of writing, writers, and everyday life is a welcome alternative to the all-too-common introspection and fraught 'literariness' found in many recent memoir and essay collections from prominent authors. Readers seeking a deeply insightful record of the creative process and the life guiding it will find resonance here. * Library Journal (starred) *
Richard Russo is one of America's finest chronicles of blue-collar existence. -- Donal O'Donoghue * RTE Guide *