The Sweet Hereafter (Paperback)

Author: Banks, Russell

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Four narrators--bus driver Dolores, upright Bill, shrewd Mitchell, and teenaged Nichole--address agonizing questions as they describe an accident that killed fourteen children and the effects of the tragedy on themselves and their town *Author: Banks, Russell *Publication Date: 1992/09/01 *Binding Type: Paperback *Language: English *Depth: 0.75 *Width: 5.75 *Height: 8.00

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Publisher Harpercollins
Mfg Part# 9780060923242
SKU 30004179
Format Paperback
ISBN10 0060923245
Release Date 9/1/1992
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Dimensions (in Inches) 8H x 5.75L x 0.75T
Author Info
Russell Banks
Russell Banks grew up in New Hampshire, the son of an alcoholic laborer who deserted the family when Banks was 12. He dropped out of Colgate University, where he went on a scholarship, after two months, uncomfortable with its image of wealth and privilege. Banks has four daughters and has been married four times; his second wife put him through the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Banks has lived in and taught at Princeton, and also has shared with his fourth wife--Chase Twichell, a poet--a house in the upstate New York town of Keene Valley, a community not unlike those in which many of his novels are set. In additional to writing novels, Banks is a dedicated and prolific short-story writer. In all his fiction, he chooses to explore an essentially male, working class world comprised of men in crisis who have trouble understanding the uncomfortable situations in which they find themselves.
Praise
"The effort to rationalize through blame, which is the modern effort in all things, is Russell Banks's theme."
"Russell Banks's third major novel...is a work of wonderful tenderness and strength, told with his unique skill of keeping a fundamental philosophical question just below the surface of everyday events."
"Once one knows that this novel is going to be about dead children...it is very difficult to keep reading. Yet the author's sympathetic imagining of the events following the accident is so skilful and complex that one is compelled to continue...Not even art may be able to explain or redeem the unspeakable event that wrecked this town, but it can at least try."
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Annotation The story of a tragic accident involving a school bus full of children is told by four people: the driver, a father, a lawyer, and one of the children who survived. Their versions of the event add up to a complex portrait of a close-knit small-town society.
First Line A dog--it was a dog I saw for certain. Or thought I saw.
Editors Note Now a major motion picture winner of 3 Cannes Film Fetsival awards. In The Sweet Hereafter, Russell Banks tells a story that begins with a school bus accident. Using four different narrators, Banks creates a small-town morality play that addresses one of life's most agonizing questions: when the worst thing happens, who do you blame?
Editors Note 3 A brilliant and powerful novel from the critically acclaimed author of Continental Drift that explores a small town's response to the inexplicable loss of its children in a school bus accident. "A novel of compelling moral suspense. . . ".--Los Angeles Times Book Review.
Annotation 4 The story of a tragic accident involving a school bus full of children is told by four people: the driver, a father, a lawyer, and one of the children who survived. Their versions of the event add up to a complex portrait of a close-knit small-town society. THE SWEET HEREAFTER was made into an acclaimed film in 1997, starring Ian Holm, by the Canadian director Atom Egoyan.
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Book Format Paperback
Number of Pages 0272
Publisher Harper Perennial

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