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Straight Man
  • Published: 3 July 1998
  • ISBN: 9780099376217
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 416
  • RRP: $29.99
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Straight Man



A 'funny and tender' (Daily Telegraph) novel from the author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Empire Falls

Hank Devereaux, a fifty-year-old, one-time novelist now serving as temporary chair of the English department, has more than a mid-life crisis to contend with when he learns that he must cull 20 per cent of his department to meet budget. Half in love with three women, unable to understand his younger daughter or come to terms with his father, he has a dangerous philosophy that life, and academic life, could be simpler, but he fails to see the larger consequences of his own actions or of the small-world politics that ebb and flow around him, as his colleagues jostle for position and marriages fall apart and regroup. The despair of his wife, and the scourge of the campus geese, he is a man at odds with himself and caught somewhere between cause and effect.

  • Published: 3 July 1998
  • ISBN: 9780099376217
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 416
  • RRP: $29.99
Categories:

About the author

Richard Russo

Richard Russo won the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for his fifth novel Empire Falls (made into a TV series starring Paul Newman, Ed Harris, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Helen Hunt). He is also the author of Mohawk, The Risk Pool, Nobody's Fool , Straight Man and Bridge of Sighs, as well as a collection of stories, The Whore's Child. His original screenplay is the basis for Rowan Atkinson's film Keeping Mum, with Maggie Smith and Kristin Scott Thomas. He has collaborated with Robert Brenton on the screenplays for Nobody's Fool (filmed with Paul Newman) and Twilight. He lives with his wife in Maine and in Boston.

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Praise for Straight Man

After a while you begin to wish you lived in Richard Russo's world

Sunday Times

A funny and clever novel

Times Literary Supplement

The author has never been funnier. It is a testament to Russo's skill and originality that Straight Man often seems as fresh as if it were the first of its sort

Literary Review

Sentence by sentence Richard Russo shows that his is an eminently accomplished comic talent

The Times