BOOKS

Trajectory

Richard Russo

RRP: £17.99

1 February 2018

Published by Allen & Unwin

ISBN: 9781760297206

RRP: £6.99

1 February 2018

Published by Allen & Unwin

ISBN: 9781925576504

Richard 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. In ‘Intervention,’ a real estate agent facing an ominous medical prognosis finds himself in his father’s shadow while he presses forward – or not. In ‘Voice,’ a semi-retired academic is conned by his estranged brother into joining a group tour of the Venice Biennale, fleeing a mortifying incident with a traumatised student back in Massachusetts but encountering further complications in the maze of Venice. And in ‘Milton and Marcus,’ a lapsed novelist 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.

Each of these stories is shot through with the humour, wisdom and surprise for which Richard Russo has long been acclaimed as Trajectory continues to extend the breadth of his achievements.

REVIEWS

So rich and flavoursome that the temptation is to devour it all at once.
Boston Globe

Thoughtful, soulful . . . It will abruptly break your heart. That's what Richard Russo does, without pretension or fuss, time and time again.
New York Times

Another of the author's peerless depictions of small-town life.
Wall Street Journal

Thoughtful and warmhearted, [Russo's] fiction has the engaging quality of tales told by a friend, over drinks, about a person we know in common. And so we lean forward, eager to hear what happened next.
New York Times Book Review

Russo has fashioned tales compact enough to make an immediate impression (and to read in a single sitting), but rich [in] believable characters, graceful plotting and pointed dialogue.
Columbus Dispatch