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By Russell Banks

An Omnibus version of 3 vintage Early Novels from the seriously Acclaimed writer of Cloudsplitter and Affliction

Family Life: Russell Banks's first novel is an grownup fairy story of a royal kin in a legendary modern state the place the myriad dramas of domesticity mixture with an outrageous slew of murders, mayhem, coups, debauches, global excursions, and love in all guises, transcendent or otherwise.

Hamilton Stark: This story of a solitary, boorish, misanthropic New Hampshire pipe fitter—the sole inhabitant of the home from which he evicted his personal mother—is straight away a compelling meditation on identification and a completely attractive tale of existence at the chilly fringe of New England.

The Relation of My Imprisonment: using a sort invented through imprisoned seventeenth-century Puritan divines—an totally honest and designated, if hugely synthetic, recounting of serious suffering—Banks's novel is a remarkably creative, lovingly good-humored argument, exploration, and map of the caged spiritual mind.

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