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Richard Russo reads from Trajectory: Stories

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Harvard Book Store welcomes bestselling novelist RICHARD RUSSO—author of Nobody’s Fool, the Pulitzer Prize–winning Empire FallsThat Old Cape Magic, and Everybody’s Fool—for a reading from his latest book, Trajectory: Stories.

About Trajectory

Following the best-selling Everybody’s Fool, a new collection of short fiction that demonstrates that Richard Russo—winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Empire Falls—is also a master of this genre.

Russo’s characters in these four expansive stories bear little similarity to the blue-collar citizens we’re familiar with from many of his novels. In “Horseman,” a professor confronts a young plagiarist as well as her own weaknesses as the Thanksgiving holiday looms closer and closer: “And after that, who knew?” In “Intervention,” a realtor facing an ominous medical prognosis finds himself in his father’s shadow while he presses forward—or not. In “Voice,” a semiretired academic is conned by his increasingly estranged brother into coming along on a group tour of the Venice Biennale, fleeing a mortifying incident with a traumatized student back in Massachusetts but encountering further complications in the maze of Venice. And in “Milton and Marcus,” a lapsed novelist struggles with his wife’s illness and tries to rekindle his screenwriting career, only to be stymied by the pratfalls of that trade when he’s called to an aging, iconic star’s mountaintop retreat in Wyoming.

Richard Russo is the author of nine novels, most recently the best-selling Everybody’s Fool and That Old Cape Magic, 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. He was born in Johnstown, New York and currently resides in Portland, Maine.

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