• Le 1er décembre 1969, Teddy, Lincoln et Mickey, étudiants boursiers dans une fac huppée de la côte Est, voient leur destin se jouer en direct à la télévision alors qu'ils assistent, comme des millions d'Américains, au tirage au sort qui déterminera l'ordre d'appel au service militaire de la guerre du Vietnam. Un an et demi plus tard, diplôme en poche, ils passent un dernier week-end ensemble à Martha's Vineyard, dans la maison de vacances de Lincoln, en compagnie de Jacy, le quatrième mousquetaire, l'amie dont ils sont tous les trois fous amoureux.
    Septembre 2015. Lincoln s'apprête à vendre la maison, et les trois amis se retrouvent à nouveau sur l'île. À bord du ferry déjà, les souvenirs affluent dans la mémoire de Lincoln, le "beau gosse" devenu agent immobilier et père de famille, dans celle de Teddy, éditeur universitaire toujours en proie à ses crises d'angoisse, et dans celle de Mickey, la forte tête, rockeur invétéré qui débarque sur sa Harley. Parmi ces souvenirs, celui de Jacy, mystérieusement disparue après leur week-end de 1971. Qu'est-il advenu d'elle ? Qui était-elle réellement ? Lequel d'entre eux avait sa préférence ? Les trois sexagénaires, sirotant des bloody-mary sur la terrasse où, à l'époque, ils buvaient de la bière en écoutant Creedence, rouvrent l'enquête qui n'avait pas abouti alors, faute d'éléments. Et ne peuvent s'empêcher de se demander si tout n'était pas joué d'avance.

  • Quand Douglas Raymer était collégien, son professeur d'anglais écrivait en marge de ses rédactions : "Qui es-tu, Douglas ?" Trente ans plus tard, Raymer n'a pas bougé de North Bath, et ne sait toujours pas répondre à la question. Dégarni, enclin à l'embonpoint, il est veuf d'une femme qui s'apprêtait à le quitter. Pour qui ? Voilà une autre question qui torture ce policier à l'uniforme mal taillé. De l'autre côté de la ville, Sully, vieux loup de mer septuagénaire, passe sa retraite sur un tabouret de bar, à boire, fumer et tenter d'encaisser le diagnostic des cardiologues : "Deux années, grand maximum." Raymer et Sully sont les deux piliers branlants d'une ville bâtie de travers. Quand un mur de l'usine s'écroule, tous ses habitants - du fossoyeur bègue au promoteur immobilier véreux, en passant par la femme du maire et sa case en moins - sont pris dans la tempête. De courses-poursuites en confessions, de bagarres en révélations, Raymer, Sully et les autres vont apprendre à affronter les grandes misères de leurs petites existences.
    C'est avec un plaisir communicatif que Richard Russo retrouve ici les personnages d'Un homme presque parfait, et nous livre une symphonie humaine féroce et déjantée.

  • Trajectoire

    Richard Russo

    À la veille de Thanksgiving, Janet s'impose d'affronter un étudiant qui lui a rendu un devoir plagié.
    Nate se demande bien pourquoi son frère Julian lui a proposé de l'accompagner en voyage organisé à Venise.
    Ray, agent immobilier, doit trouver le moyen de vendre à un couple de Texans la maison de Nicki.
    Et Ryan, lui, a beau se méfier des producteurs de cinéma, il traverse les États-Unis pour se voir offrir un marché de dupes.

    Quatre histoires puissantes et surprenantes, dont les héros, confrontés à des obstacles à première vue insignifiants, s'empêtrent dans des crises existentielles. Avec son sens du détail, Richard Russo a le chic non seulement pour déceler le comique de toutes ces situations, mais aussi pour faire s'entrechoquer présent et passé, et examiner les regrets qui entravent la trajectoire de ses personnages.

  • Le lendemain de l'élection, encore abasourdis et ressentant le besoin d'être entourés, Ellie et moi invitâmes nos vieux amis les Schuulman et les Miller à boire un verre et à dîner le soir même. Nous étions voisins et amis depuis l'époque où nous avions commencé à travailler à l'université. Tous du même âge ou presque, nous avions été engagés, titularisés et promus en même temps, et nous avions acheté nos maisons, ici dans le district de Sam Hughes, à peu près au même moment. Si bien que l'heure de la retraite avait sonné simultanément pour tous. Je suppose qu'Ellie et moi étions convaincus que les choses continueraient ainsi - un groupe de parents n'ayant plus d'enfants à charge s'invitant les uns chez les autres, à l'improviste, dans leurs patios respectifs, vieillissant tranquillement, espérions-nous, après avoir surmonté les grands défis de la vie, et même si les derniers se profilaient à l'horizon, ils étaient encore relativement éloignés.

  • 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.

  • Richard Russo -from his first novel, Mohawk, to his most recent, Straight Man -has demonstrated a peerless affinity for the human tragicomedy, and with this stunning new novel he extends even further his claims on the small-town, blue-collar heart of the country.Dexter County, Maine, and specifically the town of Empire Falls, has seen better days, and for decades, in fact, only a succession from bad to worse. One by one, its logging and textile enterprises have gone belly-up, and the once vast holdings of the Whiting clan (presided over by the last scion's widow) now mostly amount to decrepit real estate. The working classes, meanwhile, continue to eke out whatever meager promise isn't already boarded up.Miles Roby gazes over this ruined kingdom from the Empire Grill, an opportunity of his youth that has become the albatross of his daily and future life. Called back from college and set to work by family obligations -his mother ailing, his father a loose cannon -Miles never left home again. Even so, his own obligations are manifold: a pending divorce; a troubled younger brother; and, not least, a peculiar partnership in the failing grill with none other than Mrs. Whiting. All of these, though, are offset by his daughter, Tick, whom he guides gently and proudly through the tribulations of adolescence.A decent man encircled by history and dreams, by echoing churches and abandoned mills, by the comforts and feuds provided by lifelong friens and neighbors, Miles is also a patient, knowing guide to the rich, hardscrabble nature of Empire Falls: fathers and sons and daughters, living and dead, rich and poor alike. Shot through with the mysteries of generations and the shattering visitations of the nation at large, it is a social novel of panoramic ambition, yet at the same time achingly personal. In the end, Empire Falls reveals our worst and best instincts, both our most appalling nightmares and our simplest hopes, with all the vision, grace and humanity of truly epic storytelling.From the Hardcover edition.

  • In his slyly funny and moving new novel, the author of The Risk Pool follows the unexpected operation of grace in a deadbeat, upstate New York town--and in the lives of the unluckiest of its citizens. Soon to be a major motion picture starring Paul Newman, Bruce Willis, Melanie Griffith, and Jessica Tandy. Author reading tour.From the Trade Paperback edition.

  • A wonderfully funn and perceptive novel in the traditions of Thornton Wilder and Anne Tyler, The Risk Pool is set in Mohawk, New York, where Ned Hall is doing his best to grow up, even though neither of his estranged parents can properly be called adult.His father, Sam, cultivates bad habits so assiduously that he is stuck at the bottom of his auto insurance risk pool. His mother, Jenny, is slowly going crazy from resentment at a husband who refuses either to stay or to stay away. As Ned veers between allegiances to these grossly inadequate role models, Richard Russo gives us a book that overflows with outsized characters and outlandish predicaments and whose vision of family is at once irreverent and unexpectedly moving.From the Trade Paperback edition.

  • Originally published in 1986 in the Vintage Contemporaries paperback series -and reissued now in hardcover alongside his masterful new novel, Empire Falls -Richard Russo's Mohawk remains today as it was described then: A first novel with all the assurance of a mature writer at the peak of form and ambition, Mohawk is set in upstate New York and chronicles over a dozen lives in a leather town, long after the tanneries have started closing down. Ranging over three generations -and clustered mainly in two clans, the Grouses and the Gaffneys -these remarkably various lives share only the common human dilemmas and the awesome physical and emotional presence of Mohawk itself.For this is a town like Winesburg, Ohio or Our Town, in our time, that encompasses a plethora of characters, events and mysteries. At once honestly tragic and sharply, genuinely funny, Mohawk captures life, then affirms it.From the Hardcover edition.

  • Jack and Joy Griffin are back on Cape Cod - where they spent their hope-filled honeymoon - for a wedding. Cracks are begining to show in Jack's peaceful family life and thirty-four year marriage. He's driving round with his father's ashes in an urn in the boot of his car, haunted by memories of bittersweet family holidays spent at the Cape, while his ascerbic mother is very much alive and always on his mobile. He's spent a lifetime trying to be happier than his parents, but has he succeeded?

    A year later, at a second wedding, Jack has a second urn in the car, and his life is starting to unravel.

  • '"Whoever said beggars can't be choosers," my grandfather would remark when she was out of earshot, "never met your mother."' Jean Russo was a single mother in the 1950s, badly paid and living with her only son, Richard, in the upstairs apartment of her parents' home on Helwig Street in Gloversville, New York.



    When Richard left for University, Jean saw her chance to escape a dead-end town in search of a better life elsewhere. So began a series of ill-conceived adventures, as ambitious son and restless mother strove to find somewhere to belong.



    Hilarious and heartbreaking, a story of growing up and of growing old, of becoming a man whilst remaining a son, of thinking that the grass is greener somewhere else, but knowing that going home is inevitable: On Helwig Street is a poignant tribute to a complicated mother and a brilliant evocation of mid-century America.

  • Richard Russo, at the very top of his game, now returns to North Bath, in upstate New York, and the characters who made Nobody’s Fool (1993) a “confident, assured novel [that] sweeps the reader up,” according to the San Francisco Chronicle back then. “Simple as family love, yet nearly as complicated.” Or, as The Boston Globe put it, “a big, rambunctious novel with endless riffs and unstoppable human hopefulness.” The irresistible Sully, who in the intervening years has come by some unexpected good fortune, is staring down a VA cardiologist’s estimate that he has only a year or two left, and it’s hard work trying to keep this news from the most important people in his life: Ruth, the married woman he carried on with for years . . . the ultra-hapless Rub Squeers, who worries that he and Sully aren’t still best friends . . . Sully’s son and grandson, for whom he was mostly an absentee figure (and now a regretful one). We also enjoy the company of Doug Raymer, the chief of police who’s obsessing primarily over the identity of the man his wife might’ve been about to run off with, before dying in a freak accident . . . Bath’s mayor, the former academic Gus Moynihan, whose wife problems are, if anything, even more pressing . . . and then there’s Carl Roebuck, whose lifelong run of failing upward might now come to ruin. And finally, there’s Charice Bond--a light at the end of the tunnel that is Chief Raymer’s office--as well as her brother, Jerome, who might well be the train barreling into the station. Everybody’s Fool is filled with humor, heart, hard times and people you can’t help but love, possibly because their various faults make them so stridently human. This is classic Russo--and a crowning achievement from one of the greatest storytellers of our time.

  • Following the best-selling Everybody's Fool, a new collection of short fiction that demonstrates that Richard Russo--winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Empire Falls--is also a master of this genre. Russo's characters in these four expansive stories bear little similarity to the blue-collar citizens we're familiar with from many of his novels. In "Horseman," a professor confronts a young plagiarist as well as her own weaknesses as the Thanksgiving holiday looms closer and closer: "And after that, who knew?" In "Intervention," a realtor facing an ominous medical prognosis finds himself in his father's shadow while he presses forward--or not. In "Voice," a semiretired academic is conned by his increasingly estranged brother into coming along on a group tour of the Venice Biennale, fleeing a mortifying incident with a traumatized student back in Massachusetts but encountering further complications in the maze of Venice. And in "Milton and Marcus," a lapsed novelist struggles with his wife's illness and tries to rekindle his screenwriting career, only to be stymied by the pratfalls of that trade when he's called to an aging, iconic star's mountaintop retreat in Wyoming. From the Hardcover edition.

  • L'Argonos est un monstre de métal. Un vaisseau démesuré qui nourrit en son sein des milliers d'êtres humains depuis des générations. Nul ne sait plus dans quel but, nul ne sait plus pour quelle destination. L'Argonos erre d'étoile en étoile, mais pour y trouver quoi ? Bartolomeo Aguilera est un monstre de chair. Contrefait, sans bras, enferré dans un exosquelette, mais doté d'une intelligence hors du commun. Conseiller du capitaine Nikos Costa, il sera ses yeux au sein de l'équipe d'exploration d'Antioche, une planète depuis laquelle l'Argonos a capté une transmission probablement humaine. Une colonie ? Sans doute. Mais aussi un carnage, des centaines de corps pendus à des crochets comme de vulgaires morceaux de viande.

    Que s'est-il passé sur Antioche ? Pourquoi une telle atrocité ? Et surtout, commise par qui ?

  • A cinq ans, esclave sur une planète prison...
    Il a cinq ans, et il a tout perdu. Ceux qu'il aimait, son monde d'origine, et jusqu'à son identité.
    Parce que le vaisseau de son père a été attaqué en approche du Monde de Conrad, Cal est désormais seul, égaré au coeur d'un continent hostile, à la merci des pillards et des marchands d'esclaves. Pour survivre, il lui faudra non seulement s'adapter, mais surtout découvrir le secret millénaire du Monde de Conrad, un secret qui pourrait bien lui redonner sa vie passée, mais surtout changer la face de l'univers humain.
    Un secret qui porte un nom : Jaaprana, quelque part dans le mystérieux Cimetière des Saints...

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