Thursday, January 31, 2013

Elsewhere by Richard Russo

I've only read a handful of Russo's books, but liked Empire Falls and Bridge of Sighs. His writing is rich and the places he describes come alive.

This is a memoir of his growing up in Gloversville with his mom. His dad left when he was young. Russo writes about his relationship with his mom, especially their relationship when he is an adult.

This book gets repetitive as his mom moves frequently and Moving Day is described again and again. I lost track of everywhere she moved and why.

There were some thoughtful insights, but also some boring pages as well.

This was more of a miss than a hit, but if you've liked Russo's other books and the towns he's written about, you might find the beginning of this book pretty interesting.

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