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.
"Magnificently convincing . . . beautifully sustained, suspenseful."-- "New York Times Book Review""Banks has taken on a profound theme, the ruinous and awful affliction of violence that seems to live like a secret blood-disease handed down in men like Wade....He turns it into a living art that can bring recognition and awe."-- "Los Angeles Book Review""Russell Banks is a writer of extraordinary power."-- Gail Caldwell, "Boston Globe""A compelling portrait of a man...at once moving and disturbing."-- Michiko Kakutani, "New York Times"
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