A master of the novel, short story, and memoir, the best-selling and Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Everybody's Fool now gives us his very first collection of personal essays, ranging throughout writing and reading and living. In these nine essays, Richard Russo provides insight into his life as a writer, teacher, friend, and reader. From a commencement speech he gave at Colby College, to the story of how an oddly placed toilet made him reevaluate the purpose of humor in art and life, to a comprehensive analysis of Mark Twain's value, to his harrowing journey accompanying a dear friend as she pursued gender-reassignment surgery, The Destiny Thief reflects the broad interests and experiences of one of America's most beloved authors. Warm, funny, wise, and poignant, the essays included here traverse Russo's writing life, expanding our understanding of who he is and how his singular, incredibly generous mind works. An utter joy to read, they give deep insight into the creative process from the prospective of one of our greatest writers....
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The Destiny Thief: Essays on Writing, Writers and Life Reviews
Literary Hub's "Best Reviewed Books of the Week," May 18, 2018
I must admit, I much prefer his novels.
Just finished the audiobook, and was so sorry that it was over that I listened to Russo read the copyright information. For me, a new book from Russo is like a long conversation with an old friend, who is much more funny and smart than I could ever hope to be.
I love Richard Russo, and I loved some of these essays. I was particularly intrigued by Russo's writing about finding humor in everyday life and then sharing that humor. That strikes me as important for writers but also for readers. Figuring out what's funny vs. offensive and then deciding how to react seems to be one of our social hurdles these days.
However, I wasn't 100% sure why these particular essays were put together in this collection. I wanted there to be a larger anchor or theme or poin ...more
I love Richard Russo and will read anything he writes. That said, he’s at his best when he’s writing fiction. I would given this 4 stars except there were a few essays that dragged for me (a disappointment) though the others I truly enjoyed. Last year I read (and really enjoyed) his collection of short stories (Trajectory); I hope that there is another novel in the works.
I've decided that I really love reading the essay collections by fiction writers. I have not loved Russo's fiction, but some of these essays were fantastic. I especially loved the one about his friend undergoing a transition surgery. There were also some good advice about writing.
Loved the essay on omniscience. The essay on Jenny Boylan was intriguing, if a bit cringey at points.