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Straight Man - A Novel

Richard Russo

William Henry Devereaux, Jr., spiritually suited to playing left field but forced by a bad hamstring to try first base, is the unlikely chairman of the English department at West Central Pennsylvania University. Over the course of a single convoluted week, he threatens to execute a duck, has his nose slashed by a feminist poet, discovers that his secretary writes better fiction than he does, suspects his wife of having an affair with his dean, and finally confronts his philandering elderly father, the one-time king of American Literary Theory, at an abandoned amusement park. Such is the canvas of Richard Russo's Straight Man, a novel of surpassing wit, poignancy, and insight. As he established in his previous books -- Mohawk, The Risk Pool, and Nobody's Fool -- Russo is unique among contemporary authors for his ability to flawlessly capture the soul of the wise guy and the heart of a difficult parent. In Hank Devereaux, Russo has created a hero whose humor and identification with the absurd are mitigated only by his love for his family, friends, and, ultimately, knowledge itself. Unforgettable, compassionate, and laugh-out-loud funny, Straight Man cements Richard Russo's reputation as one of the master storytellers of our time. From the Hardcover edition.

William Henry Devereaux, Jr., spiritually suited to playing left field but forced by a bad hamstring to try first base, is the unlikely chairman of the English department at West Central Pennsylvania University. Over the course of a single convoluted week, he threatens to execute a duck, has his nose slashed by a feminist poet, discovers that his secretary writes better fiction than he does, suspects his wife of having an affair with his dean, and finally confronts his philandering elderly father, the one-time king of American Literary Theory, at an abandoned amusement park. Such is the canvas of Richard Russo's Straight Man, a novel of surpassing wit, poignancy, and insight. As he established in his previous books -- Mohawk, The Risk Pool, and Nobody's Fool -- Russo is unique among contemporary authors for his ability to flawlessly capture the soul of the wise guy and the heart of a difficult parent. In Hank Devereaux, Russo has created a hero whose humor and identification with the absurd are mitigated only by his love for his family, friends, and, ultimately, knowledge itself. Unforgettable, compassionate, and laugh-out-loud funny, Straight Man cements Richard Russo's reputation as one of the master storytellers of our time. From the Hardcover edition.
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Genres:

Fiction

Description:

William Henry Devereaux, Jr., spiritually suited to playing left field but forced by a bad hamstring to try first base, is the unlikely chairman of the English department at West Central Pennsylvania University. Over the course of a single convoluted week, he threatens to execute a duck, has his nose slashed by a feminist poet, discovers that his secretary writes better fiction than he does, suspects his wife of having an affair with his dean, and finally confronts his philandering elderly father, the one-time king of American Literary Theory, at an abandoned amusement park. Such is the canvas of Richard Russo's Straight Man, a novel of surpassing wit, poignancy, and insight. As he established in his previous books -- Mohawk, The Risk Pool, and Nobody's Fool -- Russo is unique among contemporary authors for his ability to flawlessly capture the soul of the wise guy and the heart of a difficult parent. In Hank Devereaux, Russo has created a hero whose humor and identification with the absurd are mitigated only by his love for his family, friends, and, ultimately, knowledge itself. Unforgettable, compassionate, and laugh-out-loud funny, Straight Man cements Richard Russo's reputation as one of the master storytellers of our time. From the Hardcover edition.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Sam Freed

Length:

14h 17m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:36


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

05:05


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

04:15


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

05:34


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

03:14


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

04:03


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

04:48


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

04:13


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

04:23


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

03:31


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

05:10


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

04:33


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

04:09


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

04:41


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

04:15


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

04:24


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

03:04


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

05:06


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

02:27


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

04:27


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

04:21


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

04:15


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

03:30


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

03:42


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

04:24


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

04:31


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

04:26


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

04:56


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

04:54


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

04:43


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

03:52


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

03:24


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

03:53


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

04:13


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

04:06


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

04:51


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

05:09


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

03:48


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

04:31


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

04:19


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

04:05


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

03:13


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

04:47


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

04:22


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

04:46


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

05:24


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

05:00


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

04:07


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

04:05


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

04:08


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

04:18


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

04:25


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

04:11


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

03:43


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

04:11


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

02:15


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

04:58


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

03:46


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

02:17


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

04:33


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

04:18


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

04:47


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

04:04


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

04:20


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

04:13


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

04:44


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

04:29


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

04:30


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

04:23


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

04:09


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

05:17


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

05:43


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

05:25


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

04:01


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

05:21


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

04:04


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

04:22


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

04:58


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

04:05


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

04:10


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

05:31


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

03:48


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

04:16


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

04:35


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

04:07


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

04:41


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

04:48


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

04:42


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

04:48


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

02:50


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

03:50


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

02:34


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

03:33


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

04:58


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

04:15


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

04:39


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

03:56


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

05:04


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

04:09


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

04:06


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

04:59


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

03:24


Chapter 103
Chapter 103

04:17


Chapter 104
Chapter 104

05:25


Chapter 105
Chapter 105

04:14


Chapter 106
Chapter 106

03:57


Chapter 107
Chapter 107

03:58


Chapter 108
Chapter 108

04:04


Chapter 109
Chapter 109

04:34


Chapter 110
Chapter 110

02:12


Chapter 111
Chapter 111

04:15


Chapter 112
Chapter 112

05:26


Chapter 113
Chapter 113

03:37


Chapter 114
Chapter 114

02:48


Chapter 115
Chapter 115

04:08


Chapter 116
Chapter 116

05:00


Chapter 117
Chapter 117

04:22


Chapter 118
Chapter 118

03:23


Chapter 119
Chapter 119

04:20


Chapter 120
Chapter 120

04:38


Chapter 121
Chapter 121

04:28


Chapter 122
Chapter 122

04:11


Chapter 123
Chapter 123

03:44


Chapter 124
Chapter 124

05:44


Chapter 125
Chapter 125

04:50


Chapter 126
Chapter 126

04:18


Chapter 127
Chapter 127

05:05


Chapter 128
Chapter 128

02:03


Chapter 129
Chapter 129

04:13


Chapter 130
Chapter 130

01:19


Chapter 131
Chapter 131

04:17


Chapter 132
Chapter 132

04:46


Chapter 133
Chapter 133

04:16


Chapter 134
Chapter 134

01:50


Chapter 135
Chapter 135

04:19


Chapter 136
Chapter 136

04:19


Chapter 137
Chapter 137

04:27


Chapter 138
Chapter 138

04:39


Chapter 139
Chapter 139

04:19


Chapter 140
Chapter 140

05:02


Chapter 141
Chapter 141

02:52


Chapter 142
Chapter 142

04:44


Chapter 143
Chapter 143

04:47


Chapter 144
Chapter 144

04:53


Chapter 145
Chapter 145

04:23


Chapter 146
Chapter 146

04:03


Chapter 147
Chapter 147

03:55


Chapter 148
Chapter 148

03:27


Chapter 149
Chapter 149

05:16


Chapter 150
Chapter 150

04:01


Chapter 151
Chapter 151

04:40


Chapter 152
Chapter 152

04:18


Chapter 153
Chapter 153

04:49


Chapter 154
Chapter 154

04:10


Chapter 155
Chapter 155

02:34


Chapter 156
Chapter 156

03:56


Chapter 157
Chapter 157

03:34


Chapter 158
Chapter 158

04:47


Chapter 159
Chapter 159

04:41


Chapter 160
Chapter 160

04:44


Chapter 161
Chapter 161

04:33


Chapter 162
Chapter 162

04:17


Chapter 163
Chapter 163

05:28


Chapter 164
Chapter 164

04:43


Chapter 165
Chapter 165

03:58


Chapter 166
Chapter 166

04:21


Chapter 167
Chapter 167

04:24


Chapter 168
Chapter 168

03:53


Chapter 169
Chapter 169

03:31


Chapter 170
Chapter 170

04:10


Chapter 171
Chapter 171

05:15


Chapter 172
Chapter 172

04:40


Chapter 173
Chapter 173

05:08


Chapter 174
Chapter 174

03:57


Chapter 175
Chapter 175

04:30


Chapter 176
Chapter 176

04:40


Chapter 177
Chapter 177

04:16


Chapter 178
Chapter 178

03:52


Chapter 179
Chapter 179

04:00


Chapter 180
Chapter 180

04:41


Chapter 181
Chapter 181

04:09


Chapter 182
Chapter 182

01:54


Chapter 183
Chapter 183

04:30


Chapter 184
Chapter 184

03:11


Chapter 185
Chapter 185

04:18


Chapter 186
Chapter 186

04:22


Chapter 187
Chapter 187

05:08


Chapter 188
Chapter 188

04:18


Chapter 189
Chapter 189

03:38


Chapter 190
Chapter 190

05:05


Chapter 191
Chapter 191

03:43


Chapter 192
Chapter 192

05:06


Chapter 193
Chapter 193

02:58


Chapter 194
Chapter 194

04:48


Chapter 195
Chapter 195

04:41


Chapter 196
Chapter 196

03:22


Chapter 197
Chapter 197

04:38


Chapter 198
Chapter 198

05:03


Chapter 199
Chapter 199

05:41

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