Straight Man: A Novel

Straight Man: A Novel

Richard Russo


during this uproarious new novel, Richard Russo plays his attribute high-wire stroll among hilarity and heartbreak.  Russo's protagonist is William Henry Devereaux, Jr., the reluctant chairman of the English division of a badly underfunded collage within the Pennsylvania rust belt.  Devereaux's reluctance is partially rooted in his character--he is a born anarchist-- and partially within the indisputable fact that his division is extra savagely divided than the Balkans.  

In the process a unmarried week, Devereaux may have his nostril mangled through an offended colleague, think his spouse is having an affair together with his dean, wonder whether a curvaceous adjunct is making an attempt to seduce him with peach pits, and threaten to execute a goose on neighborhood television.  All this whereas coming to phrases along with his philandering father, the dereliction of his younger promise, and the ominous failure of yes important physique functions.  in brief, Straight Man is vintage Russo--side-splitting and true-to-life, witty, compassionate, and most unlikely to place down.

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