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The Destiny Thief

Richard Russo



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Murdoch Books
04 February 2019
In these nine essays, Richard Russo provides insight into his life as a writer, teacher, friend and reader. From a commencement speech to the story of how an oddly placed toilet made him reevaluate the purpose of humour in art and life, to a comprehensive analysis of Mark Twain's value, to his harrowing journey accompanying a dear friend as she pursued gender-reassignment surgery, The Destiny Thief reflects the broad interests and experiences of one of America's most beloved authors.

Warm, funny, wise and poignant, the essays included here traverse Russo's writing life, expanding our understanding of who he is and how his singular, incredibly generous mind works. An utter joy to read, they give deep insight into the creative process from the perspective of one of our greatest writers.
By:   Richard Russo
Imprint:   Murdoch Books
Country of Publication:   Australia
Edition:   Main
Dimensions:   Height: 225mm,  Width: 145mm,  Spine: 23mm
Weight:   335g
ISBN:   9781760632625
ISBN 10:   1760632627
Pages:   224
Publication Date:   04 February 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Out of Print

Richard Russo is the author of eight novels, two collections of stories, and On Helwig Street, a memoir. In 2002 he received the Pulitzer Prize for Empire Falls, which like Nobody's Fool was adapted to film, in a multiple-award-winning HBO miniseries. He lives in Maine.

Reviews for The Destiny Thief

Richard Russo is one of America's finest chronicles of blue-collar existence. -- Donal O'Donoghue * RTE Guide * Certain to please anyone familiar with his short fiction and novels. . . . The unselfconscious voice threading through these nine explorations of writing, writers, and everyday life is a welcome alternative to the all-too-common introspection and fraught 'literariness' found in many recent memoir and essay collections from prominent authors. Readers seeking a deeply insightful record of the creative process and the life guiding it will find resonance here. * Library Journal (starred) * For aspiring writers, Russo's musings on the art and craft of the novel are a trove of knowledge and guidance. For adoring readers, they are a window into the imagination and inspiration for Russo's beloved novels, screenplays, and short stories. . . . Few authors seem as approachable in print and, one suspects, in person as acclaimed novelist Russo. * Booklist * Splendid. . . . These are wise, personal pieces, and readers get to know the author as a comforting, funny, and welcoming guy. * Kirkus * Russo's colourful book offers his novels' fans more of his dazzling and moving writing, often revealing glimpses of the forces that drive a bestselling fiction writer. * Publishers Weekly * Entertaining slices of writerly wisdom * Guardian * It turns out that Russo the nonfiction writer is a lot like Russo the Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist. He is affably disagreeable, wry, idiosyncratic, vulnerably bighearted, a craftsman of lubricated sentences...Perhaps what's most admirable about these essays is their genial and searching tone. In this know-it-all age Russo places his faith in the ideals of art-ambiguity, paradox, heresy, the sublime-over the black-and-white ideologies or our current politics. * New York Times Book Review *

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