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Elsewhere - A Memoir

Richard Russo

After eight commanding works of fiction, the Pulitzer Prize winner now turns to memoir in a hilarious, moving, and always surprising account of his life, his parents, and the upstate New York town they all struggled variously to escape. Anyone familiar with Richard Russo's acclaimed novels will recognize Gloversville once famous for producing that eponymous product and anything else made of leather. This is where the author grew up, the only son of an aspirant mother and a charming, feckless father who were born into this close-knit community. But by the time of his childhood in the 1950s, prosperity was inexorably being replaced by poverty and illness (often tannery-related), with everyone barely scraping by under a very low horizon. A world elsewhere was the dream his mother instilled in Rick, and strived for herself, and their subsequent adventures and tribulations in achieving that goal-beautifully recounted here-were to prove lifelong, as would Gloversville's fearsome grasp on them both. Fraught with the timeless dynamic of going home again, encompassing hopes and fears and the relentless tides of familial and individual complications, this story is arresting, comic, heartbreaking, and truly beautiful, an immediate classic.

After eight commanding works of fiction, the Pulitzer Prize winner now turns to memoir in a hilarious, moving, and always surprising account of his life, his parents, and the upstate New York town they all struggled variously to escape. Anyone familiar with Richard Russo's acclaimed novels will recognize Gloversville once famous for producing that eponymous product and anything else made of leather. This is where the author grew up, the only son of an aspirant mother and a charming, feckless father who were born into this close-knit community. But by the time of his childhood in the 1950s, prosperity was inexorably being replaced by poverty and illness (often tannery-related), with everyone barely scraping by under a very low horizon. A world elsewhere was the dream his mother instilled in Rick, and strived for herself, and their subsequent adventures and tribulations in achieving that goal-beautifully recounted here-were to prove lifelong, as would Gloversville's fearsome grasp on them both. Fraught with the timeless dynamic of going home again, encompassing hopes and fears and the relentless tides of familial and individual complications, this story is arresting, comic, heartbreaking, and truly beautiful, an immediate classic.
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After eight commanding works of fiction, the Pulitzer Prize winner now turns to memoir in a hilarious, moving, and always surprising account of his life, his parents, and the upstate New York town they all struggled variously to escape. Anyone familiar with Richard Russo's acclaimed novels will recognize Gloversville once famous for producing that eponymous product and anything else made of leather. This is where the author grew up, the only son of an aspirant mother and a charming, feckless father who were born into this close-knit community. But by the time of his childhood in the 1950s, prosperity was inexorably being replaced by poverty and illness (often tannery-related), with everyone barely scraping by under a very low horizon. A world elsewhere was the dream his mother instilled in Rick, and strived for herself, and their subsequent adventures and tribulations in achieving that goal-beautifully recounted here-were to prove lifelong, as would Gloversville's fearsome grasp on them both. Fraught with the timeless dynamic of going home again, encompassing hopes and fears and the relentless tides of familial and individual complications, this story is arresting, comic, heartbreaking, and truly beautiful, an immediate classic.

Language:

English

Length:

7h 35m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:11


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

03:02


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

03:57


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

04:16


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

04:21


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

04:15


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

04:18


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

04:12


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

04:59


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

04:50


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

04:42


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

03:44


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

04:50


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

04:21


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

05:02


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

03:37


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

03:39


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

04:25


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

03:33


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

04:45


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

04:04


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

04:01


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

04:49


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

04:50


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

04:58


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

04:49


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

04:33


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

04:25


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

04:19


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

04:30


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

03:51


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

04:09


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

04:47


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

04:17


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

04:05


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

03:14


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

03:33


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

04:24


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

05:02


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

04:52


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

04:58


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

05:00


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

04:25


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

03:34


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

04:28


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

03:40


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

03:35


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

03:10


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

03:57


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

04:34


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

03:58


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

04:30


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

03:35


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

03:12


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

03:21


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

04:45


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

04:44


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

04:56


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

04:49


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

03:56


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

03:44


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

04:48


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

04:32


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

03:43


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

04:23


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

04:45


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

04:02


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

04:49


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

04:41


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

03:30


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

03:56


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

03:23


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

03:07


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

03:03


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

04:16


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

05:00


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

04:05


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

03:41


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

04:46


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

04:23


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

04:46


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

04:20


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

04:41


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

04:55


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

04:49


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

04:30


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

03:22


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

03:42


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

03:46


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

03:38


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

03:43


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

03:30


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

03:47


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

03:49


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

04:08


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

04:03


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

03:34


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

04:23


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

04:04


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

04:53


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

03:54


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

04:12


Chapter 103
Chapter 103

04:32


Chapter 104
Chapter 104

04:52


Chapter 105
Chapter 105

03:47


Chapter 106
Chapter 106

04:05


Chapter 107
Chapter 107

04:32


Chapter 108
Chapter 108

04:18


Chapter 109
Chapter 109

04:14


Chapter 110
Chapter 110

00:29