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The Nature of Memory


Russell Banks
Foregone

Russell Banks, twice a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, is one of America’s most prestigious fiction writers, a past president of the International Parliament of Writers, and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. His work has been translated into twenty languages and has received numerous prizes and awards, including the Common Wealth Award for Literature. His new book, Foregone, explores aging, memory, and reputation in thoughtful and touching ways. He lives in upstate New York and Miami, Florida.

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Scott Spencer
An Ocean Without a Shore

Scott Spencer is the author of thirteen novels, including Endless Love (adapted to film in 1981 and again in 2014), Waking the Dead (adapted to film in 2000),  A Ship Made of Paper, Willing and his newest book, An Ocean Without a Shore. He has taught at Columbia University, the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, Williams College, the University of Virginia, and at Eastern Correctional Facility as part of the Bard Prison Initiative. He lives in upstate New York.

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At the center of Russell Banks new novel Foregone is famed Canadian American leftist documentary filmmaker Leonard Fife, one of sixty thousand draft evaders and deserters who fled to Canada to avoid serving in Vietnam. Fife, now in his late seventies, is dying of cancer in Montreal and has agreed to a final interview in which he is determined to bare all his secrets at last, to demythologize his mythologized life. It is a daring and resonant work about the scope of one man’s mysterious life, revealed through the fragments of his recovered past. 

Set in late nineties, Scott Spencer’s latest novel, An Ocean Without a Shore follows Kip, a gay man in his forties who works at a small investment firm and has been in love with his best friend since their college days. Thaddeus Kaufman, married with children, owns a property he can’t afford and as a persona non grata in Hollywood is struggling to succeed as a scriptwriter. When Thaddeus’ latest writing effort bear no fruit, he finds himself in need of a bailout, so he gives Kip a call. This is a spellbinding and elegantly written novel that touches upon many themes, such as loneliness, love, family, memory, and money. 

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