BOOKS

Mohawk

Richard Russo

RRP: £6.99

Published by Allen & Unwin

ISBN: 9781952535550

Mohawk, New York, is one of those small towns that lie almost entirely on the wrong side of the tracks. Its citizens, too, have fallen on hard times. Dallas Younger, a star athlete in high school, now drifts from tavern to poker game, losing money, and, inevitably, another set of false teeth. His ex-wife, Anne, is stuck in a losing battle with her mother over the care of her sick father. And their son, Randall, is deliberately neglecting his school work – because in a place like Mohawk it doesn’t pay to be too smart.

In Mohawk, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Richard Russo explores these lives with profound compassion and flint-hard wit. Out of derailed ambitions and old loves, secret hatreds and communal myths, he has created a richly plotted, densely populated, and wonderfully written novel that captures every nuance of America’s backyard.

REVIEWS

Russo writes with sensitivity and insight.
Irish Times

Immensely readable and sympathetic...Mr Russo has an instinctive gift for capturing the rhythms of small-time life.
New York Times

Russo's natural grace as a storyteller is matched by his compassion for his characters. Mohawk is lively reading; it is a painful story, yet it is told with great mischief - and the triumphs and the tragedies of the characters are enhanced, as victories and defeats always are, by wit.John Irving