Success Stories

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Harper Collins, Apr 26, 1996 - Fiction - 208 pages
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In Sucess Stories, an exceptionally varied yet coherent collection, Russell Banks proves himself one of the most astute and forceful writers in America today. Queen for a Day, Success Story, and Adultery trace fortunes of the Painter family in there pursuit of and retreat from the American dream. Banks also explores the ethos of rampant materialism in a group of contemporary moral fables. The Fish is an evocating parable of faith and greed set in a Southeast Asian village, The Gully tells of the profitability of violence and the ironies of upward mobility in a Latin American shantytown, and Chrildren's Story explores the repressed rage that boils beneath the surface of relationships between parents and children and between citizens of the first and third worlds.

 

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In these 12 stories, the author of Conti nental Drift sounds a cautionary note for the 80s, writing about people who get what they want but find themselves dissatisfied to varying degrees. For in ... Read full review

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I haven't read this collection yet, but "Sarah Cole: A Type of Love Story" is one of the better short stories in the universe. Read full review

Contents

Queen for a Day
1
My Mothers Memoirs My Fathers Lie
33
Success Story
52
The Gully
76
Hostage
115
Mistake
128
A Type of Love Story
142
Captions
171
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Russell Banks is a past president of the International Parliament of Writers and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. His work has been translated into twenty languages and has received numerous awards, including the Commonwealth Writers' Prize. He lives in upstate New York and Miami, Florida.

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