Elsewhere by Richard Russo audiobook

Elsewhere: A memoir

By Richard Russo
Read by Richard Russo

Random House Audio 9780307959539
7.55 Hours Unabridged
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After eight commanding works of fiction, the Pulitzer Prize winner now turns to memoir in a hilarious, moving, and always surprising account of his life, his parents, and the upstate New York town they all struggled variously to escape. Anyone familiar with Richard Russo's acclaimed novels will recognize Gloversville 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 charming, feckless 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), with 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 in achieving that goal—beautifully recounted here—were to prove lifelong, as would Gloversville's fearsome grasp on them both. Fraught with the timeless dynamic of going home again, encompassing hopes and fears and the relentless tides of familial and individual complications, this story is arresting, comic, heartbreaking, and truly beautiful, an immediate classic.

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A New York Times bestseller

Selected for the November 2012 Indie Next List

A Kirkus Reviews “New and Notable Title”, November 2012

A 2012 Washington Post Notable Book for Nonfiction

A 2012 NPR Best Book for Nonfiction

After eight commanding works of fiction, the Pulitzer Prize winner now turns to memoir in a hilarious, moving, and always surprising account of his life, his parents, and the upstate New York town they all struggled variously to escape.

Anyone familiar with Richard Russo's acclaimed novels will recognize Gloversville 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 charming, feckless 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), with 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 in achieving that goal—beautifully recounted here—were to prove lifelong, as would Gloversville's fearsome grasp on them both. Fraught with the timeless dynamic of going home again, encompassing hopes and fears and the relentless tides of familial and individual complications, this story is arresting, comic, heartbreaking, and truly beautiful, an immediate classic.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

Rich and layered... an honest book about a universal subject: those familial bonds that only get trickier with time. Kevin Canfield, Minneapolis Star Tribune
Russo conjures the incredible bond between single mother and only child in a way that makes his story particularly powerful. Nicholas Mancusi, The Daily Beast
Russo brings the same clear-eyed humanism that marks his fiction to this by turns funny and moving portrait of his mother and her never-ending quest to escape the provincial confines of their hometown. Joanne Wilkinson, Booklist
An affecting yet never saccharine glimpse of the relationship among place, family and fiction. Kirkus
One of the most honest, moving American memoirs in years... Russo's straightforward writing style is even more effective in Elsewhere [and his] intellectual and emotional honesty are remarkable. Michael Schaub, NPR.org
Heartfelt and generous. Tricia Springstubb, Cleveland Plain Dealer 
Intimate and powerful...an impeccably told tale. Julia M. Klein, Chicago Tribune
A gorgeously nuanced memoir about Russo’s mother and his own lifelong tour of duty spent—lovingly and exhaustedly—looking out for her. . . . Russo is the Bruce Springsteen of novelists . . . in a paragraph or even a phrase, he can summon up a whole world, and the world he writes most poignantly about is that of the industrial white working class. Maureen Corrigan, Fresh Air 
Filled with insights, by turn tender and tough, about human fidelity, frailty, forbearance, and fortitude. Glenn C. Altschuler, The Philadelphia Inquirer
Moving and darkly funny. . . Russo mines grace from his gritty hometown [and] the greatest charm of this memoir lies in the absences of self-pity and pretension in his take on his own history. Amy Finnerty, The Wall Street Journal
It’s rare for a novelist to write candidly about the real behind the imagined. About a lifetime of work and the very person who inspired it. Yet that is precisely what Richard Russo has done in his memoir.... Redemption is always the prize in a Russo story. Nowhere do we see that more clearly than in Elsewhere, a brave little book in which a writer spins deprivation into advantage, suffering into wisdom, and a broken mother into a muse. Wanting him to be anywhere but Gloversville, Jean Russo did everything she could to make her son leave. And then, unable to feel whole anywhere outside it, she eventually brought him home. Marie Arana, The Washington Post  

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Author Bio: Richard Russo

Author Bio: Richard Russo

Richard Russo is the New York Times bestselling author of several novels, two short-story collections, and the memoir Elsewhere. 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. In 2016 he was given the Indie Champion Award by the American Booksellers Association; and in 2017 he received France’s Grand Prix de Littérature Américaine.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Runtime: 7.55
Audience: Adult
Language: English