Affliction by Russell BanksAffliction by Russell Banks


byRussell Banks, Arturo Patten

Paperback | October 15, 1998

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Wade Whitehouse is an improbable protagonist for a tragedy. A well-digger and policeman in a bleak New Hampshire town, he is a former high-school star gone to beer fat, a loner with a mean streak. It is a mark of Russell Banks' artistry and understanding that Wade comes to loom in one's mind as a blue-collar American Everyman afflicted by the dark secret of the macho tradition. Told by his articulate, equally scarred younger brother, Wade's story becomes as spellbinding and inexorable as a fuse burning its way to the dynamite.

Russell Banks was raised in New Hampshire and eastern Massachusetts. The eldest of four children, he grew up in a working-class, hardscrabble world that has played a major role in shaping his writing.Banks (the first in his family to go to college) attended Colgate University "for less than a semester," and later graduated Phi Beta Ka...
Title:AfflictionFormat:PaperbackDimensions:368 pages, 8.12 × 5.3 × 0.9 inPublished:October 15, 1998Publisher:Harper Collins Canada Ltd.Language:English

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ISBN - 10:0060920076

ISBN - 13:9780060920074

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Wade Whitehouse is an unlikely protagonist of a tragedy. Wade looms in one's mind as a bluecollar American Everyman afflicted by the dark secret of the macho tradition, his tale told by his articulate, equally-scarred younger brother. "Part thriller, part psychological study, part indictment of the American way of violence."...--Newsday

Editorial Reviews

"Magnificently convincing . . . beautifully sustained, suspenseful."-- "New York Times Book Review""Banks has taken on a profound theme, the ruinous and awful affliction of violence that seems to live like a secret blood-disease handed down in men like Wade....He turns it into a living art that can bring recognition and awe."-- "Los Angeles Book Review""Russell Banks is a writer of extraordinary power."-- Gail Caldwell, "Boston Globe""A compelling portrait of a once moving and disturbing."-- Michiko Kakutani, "New York Times"