A craftsman captures the smallness of American life

A craftsman captures the smallness of American life
Richard Russo: a gifted miniaturist of characterisation Pic: Getty

Russo's collection of three short stories and novella, while not always wrapping themselves up in satisfying conclusions, are still a pleasure to read.

Fiction: Trajectory, By Richard Russo, Allen & Unwin, €23.80

The novelist Richard Russo is neither a mega-seller nor a household name, but the 68-year-old commands plenty of respect in his field anyway. Straight Man, his darkly amusing tale of a college professor who threatens to kill one duck per day until his department receives the funding it needs to keep operating, is one of the great under-appreciated American novels. Empire Falls, meanwhile, landed him...

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