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Affliction

ISBN13: 9780060920074
ISBN: 0060920076
Binding: Paperback
List Price: $13.99
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Published Date:
Pages: 355
Average Goodreads rating: 3.99/5 (3008 ratings)

Wade Whitehouse is an improbable protagonist for a tragedy. A well-digger and policeman in a bleak New Hampshire town, he is a former high-school star gone to beer fat, a loner with a mean streak. It is a mark of Russell Banks' artistry and understanding that Wade comes to loom in one's mind as a blue-collar American Everyman afflicted by the dark secret of the macho tradition. Told by his articulate, equally scarred younger brother, Wade's story becomes as spellbinding and inexorable as a fuse burning its way to the dynamite.