Elsewhere: A memoir by Richard Russo

Elsewhere: A memoir

byRichard Russo

Kobo ebook | October 30, 2012

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A Washington Post Notable Work of Nonfiction
An NPR Best Book of 2012

Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Richard Russo turns to memoir in this hilarious and bittersweet account of his lifelong bond with his high-strung, spirited mother—and the small town she spent her life trying to escape. Anyone familiar with Russo’s novels will recognize Gloversville—once famous for producing nine out of ten dress gloves in the United States. By the time Rick was born, ladies had stopped wearing gloves and Gloversville was on its way out. Jean Russo instilled in her son her dream of a better life elsewhere, a dream that prompted her to follow him across the country when he went to college. Their adventures and tribulations on that road trip were a preview of the hold his mother would continue to have on him as she kept trying desperately to change her life. Recounted with a clear-eyed mix of regret, nostalgia, and love, Elsewhere is a stirring tribute to the tenacious grip of the past.

Novelist and screenwriter Richard Russo was born in Johnstown, New York on July 15, 1949. He received a Bachelor's degree, a Master of Fine Arts degree, and a Doctor of Philosophy degree from the University of Arizona. He taught at numerous colleges including Southern Illinois University Carbondale and Colby College. He has written num...
Title:Elsewhere: A memoirFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:October 30, 2012Publisher:Knopf Doubleday Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0307959546

ISBN - 13:9780307959546

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Slow but Inspiring This book was slow. Dragged on. And yet I can't just dismiss it because of the respect I have for the author and for his wonderful support he gave ( and his wife gave) his mother. I would ponder her behaviour and try to understand it. Richard Russo never gives a diagnosis. Was his mother bipolar? Borderline Personality disorder? Whatever it may be, he was an enormous support to his mother, whether she appreciated it or not (and it was not!). He did what I think I would not be able to do. Inspiring.
Date published: 2017-04-11
Rated 3 out of 5 by from I am a Russo fan . . especially his early, Gloversville-region, books. So I was interested and intrigued by the this book, which is large about his mother and his relationship with her, but also talks about life in Gloversville, his grandfather, and his father, all of whom have clear correlatives in the early books. Much of El;sewhere was fascinating, but much seemed more like diary than memoir, and the middle part dragged somewhat. Nonetheless, Russo conveys emotion and empathy as to his characters.
Date published: 2014-01-23