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March Book Discussion: Elsewhere

Elsewhere is the new memoir by Richard Russo. He is also the author of the novels Nobody's Fool, Straight Man, and Empire Falls, among others.

Here's the amazon discription/review:
After eight commanding works of fiction, the Pulitzer Prize winner now turns to memoir in a hilarious, moving, and always surprising account of his life, his parents, and the upstate New York town they all struggled variously to escape.

Elsewhere: A Memoir

Anyone familiar with Richard Russo's acclaimed novels will recognize Gloversville once famous for producing that eponymous product and anything else made of leather. This is where the author grew up, the only son of an aspirant mother and a charming, feckless father who were born into this close-knit community. But by the time of his childhood in the 1950s, prosperity was inexorably being replaced by poverty and illness (often tannery-related), with everyone barely scraping by under a very low horizon.

A world elsewhere was the dream his mother instilled in Rick, and strived for herself, and their subsequent adventures and tribulations in achieving that goal—beautifully recounted here—were to prove lifelong, as would Gloversville's fearsome grasp on them both. Fraught with the timeless dynamic of going home again, encompassing hopes and fears and the relentless tides of familial and individual complications, this story is arresting, comic, heartbreaking, and truly beautiful, an immediate classic.

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  • Lynne

    Thoughtful, interesting discussion, as always...

    March 24, 2013

  • Pete

    Enjoyable discussion of a great book. Good to catch up with old friends and nice to meet Sheila.

    March 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    hope to make it, not sure

    March 24, 2013

  • Christy

    I really wanted to come but I've got out of town guests and two soccer games at 5 that day so alas, it is not to be. See you next month!

    March 19, 2013

  • Caroline

    For anyone who is new, we typically have some no shows, so if you have read the book and want to come, please do. Some spots have opened up anyway.

    March 18, 2013

  • Pete

    I like his fiction, but struggled with this at first, especially as I have just finished rereading Alan Bennett's "A Life Like Other People's", which has a similar theme, and is a masterpiece I'm glad I stuck with "Elsewhere", it's a powerful and moving story of family and roots. Look forward to the discussion.

    March 9, 2013

  • Caroline

    For anyone who is still trying to get your hands on a copy with access to Duke libraries, there is one at Perkins.

    March 5, 2013

  • Pete

    Good choice

    January 27, 2013

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  • Caroline
    2016 Supporting Member, Co-Organizer,
    Event Host
  • Sheila
    2016 Supporting Member
  • Lynne
    2016 Supporting Member
  • Lynette
    2016 Supporting Member, Co-Organizer
  • Pete
    2016 Supporting Member

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