[a Memoir]

Audiobook CD - 2012
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This work is the author's memoir of his life, his parents, and the upstate New York town they all struggled variously to escape. Anyone familiar with the author's fiction will recognize Gloversville, New York, 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 good-time, second-fiddle 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), 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, recounted here, only to prove lifelong, as would Gloversville's fearsome grasp on them both.
Publisher: [New York] : Random House Audio, p2012
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9780449012512
Branch Call Number: CD B RUS


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Apr 14, 2014

After reading Russo's Pulitzer novel 'Empire Falls' - which I loved - I was curious to know about Russo's life. Really, this book focuses mostly on Russo's mother and his relationship with her. Not easy to listen to at times, as he can seem to be merely kvetching at times, but his voice (yes, Russo himself reads his memoir) was arresting and helped me feel the subsurface emotion in his sentences.

Apr 06, 2013

I didn't finish this. It's about the author's mom, and I got frustrated as he attempted to describe her world from her perspective, when it was his perspective of her perspective. Fine in a novel, but I found it frustrating here. Or maybe I was just in the mood for something more exciting.


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