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Trailerpark (Paperback)

Author:  Russell Banks Joint Author:  Arturo Patten
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 006097706X
ISBN-13: 9780060977061
Sku: 30004659
Publish Date: 4/10/2007
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 8.25H x 5.5L x 0.75T
Pages:  288
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Get to know the colorful cast of characters at the Granite State Trailerpark, where Flora in number 11 keeps more than a hundred guinea pigs andscreams at people to stay away from her babies, Claudel in number 5 thinks he is lucky until his wife burns down their trailer and runs off with Howie Leeke, and Noni in number 7 has telephone conversations with Jesus and tells the police about them. In this series of related short stories, Russell Banks offers gripping, realistic portrayals of individual Americans and paints a portrait of New England life that is at once dark, witty, and revealing.

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In this series of related short stories, the author offers gripping, realistic portrayals of individual Americans and paints a portrait of New England life that is at once dark, witty, and revealing.

Get to know the colorful cast of characters at the Granite State Trailerpark, where Flora in number 11 keeps more than a hundred guinea pigs andscreams at people to stay away from her babies, Claudel in number 5 thinks he is lucky until his wife burns down their trailer and runs off with Howie Leeke, and Noni in number 7 has telephone conversations with Jesus and tells the police about them. In this series of related short stories, Russell Banks offers gripping, realistic portrayals of individual Americans and paints a portrait of New England life that is at once dark, witty, and revealing.

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These short stories are about the inhabitants of Granite State Trailerpark outside the mill town of Catamount, N.H. They include a guinea-pig farmer, a drug dealer, and a madwoman.These bleakly comic short stories are about the inhabitants--a guinea-pig farmer, a drug dealer, a madwoman--of Granite State Trailerpark outside the mill town of Catamount, N.H. They include "The Guinea Pig Lady," "Cleaving, and Other Needs," "What Noni Hubner Did Not Tell the Police About Jesus," and "The Child Screams and Looks Back at You."
Author Bio
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.

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Washington Post Book World
"[T]he whole of TRAILERPARK is greater than the sum of its parts: it is an odd, quirky book that offers satisfactions different from those provided by the conventional, or even unconventional, novel...The people of the trailerpark are just like people everywhere else. Except that they live in the trailerpark. Banks catches its slightly loopy, edgy atmosphere with a nice sense of nuance and detail...TRAILERPARK' is less than a novel and more than a short-story collection, and very good work all the way through." - Jonathan Yardley 10/04/1981

Salon
"[t]he writer is at his best: Landscape and character work in perfect tandem, the flinty stoicism of each building into a collage that feels not just real but truly, and often beautifully, alive" - Jonathan Miles 06/08/2000

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Product attributeBook Format:   Paperback
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0288
Product attributePublisher:   Harper Perennial
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