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Trajectory: Stories (Vintage Contemporaries) (original: 2017; edição: 2018)

de Richard Russo (Autor)

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"In this pair of novellas and two stories, Russo's characters bear little similarity to the blue-collar citizens we're familiar with from most of his novels. In "Horseman," a tenured professor confronts a young plagiarist as well as her own weaknesses as the Thanksgiving holiday approaches--"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 semi-retired English professor is conned by his increasingly estranged brother into coming along on a group tour of the Biennale, fleeing a mortifying incident with a traumatized student back in Massachusetts but encountering further complications en route. And in "Milton and Marcus," a lapsed novelist is struggling with his wife's illness and trying 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 in Wyoming"--… (mais)
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Título:Trajectory: Stories (Vintage Contemporaries)
Autores:Richard Russo (Autor)
Informação:Vintage (2018), Edition: Reprint, 256 pages
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Trajectories is comprised of four long short stories of varying length. A quick note—if you have read the separately published “Nate in Venice”, then you have read the second story, entitled Voice in this collection. No idea why the titles changed.

I have read quite a bit of Russo’s work and to me his shorter works are often darker than his novels, which have rich vein of quiet humor even when the story lines get serious or the subject matter is more disturbing. I think I like the novels better, but everything he writes is good, just different.
We fall down the Rabbit hole in three out of four of these stories. Twice into the world of academia (Voice and Horseman) and once into the world of the Hollywood writer (Milton and Marcus). I felt like a fly on the wall in these stories, especially in Milton and Marcus since I have never even met anyone with ties to Hollywood. I found Horseman to be particularly interesting because my experience with stories about academics who find themselves in tight situations are almost always told from the male perspective. Horseman was interesting to me because it dealt with what is most likely a common existential crisis for academics and considering it from a woman’s perspective showed that some experiences can be universal and individual at the same time.

In Intervention we have a story of a struggling real estate developer who is suffering a perfect storm of financial decline, a serious health issue, and faltering confidence. In other words, an aging Everyman. My favorite story in the collection, I found the main character to be sympathetic and quietly inspirational and the supporting cast was interesting and compelling. This cast of characters would support a longer novel form very nicely.

As with many literary writers, especially the few that are of this caliber, I feel that at least for me a first read is just an introduction to the basic plot and characters (to use a Hemingway analogy--the top 10% of the iceberg) and subsequent readings of each of these stories will provide further rewards as deeper meanings are revealed.
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  ChrisMcCaffrey | Apr 6, 2021 |
All stories previously released. If you're a die-hard fan of Russo, it's certainly for you. ( )
  kvschnitzer | Dec 8, 2019 |
This is a nice collection of short stories. Russo ans brilliantly smooth prose and it's a pleasure to read, however I was not particularly drawn in by any of these stories. Maybe just not right for me. ( )
  ZephyrusW | Sep 21, 2019 |
I was disappointed to find this collection of 4 stories is mainly made up of one novella, "Voice", that I’ve read before. I’ve no problem with authors publishing a novella on its own and then re-publishing it as part of a collection, but I’m frustrated that he renamed it, (originally “Nate in Venice”). The rest of the book includes a story of a college professor who suspects plagiarism, a writer who gets sucked into the glamour of Hollywood screenwriting by a famous star (allegedly inspired by his friendship with Paul Newman), and an older man dealing with a bad health diagnosis while trying to help a hoarder sell her home. None of the stories were too memorable, but I still love Russo's descriptions. For me, his best work comes from novels that give him a chance to develop the characters a bit more.

“He and Paula have been married for close to 30 years, thanks in large part to a mutual willingness to let an arched eyebrow do the heavy lifting of soliloquy.” ( )
  bookworm12 | Apr 24, 2018 |
I listened to the audiobook. I only liked the first part that was read by the female. ( )
  DKnight0918 | Dec 19, 2017 |
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"In this pair of novellas and two stories, Russo's characters bear little similarity to the blue-collar citizens we're familiar with from most of his novels. In "Horseman," a tenured professor confronts a young plagiarist as well as her own weaknesses as the Thanksgiving holiday approaches--"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 semi-retired English professor is conned by his increasingly estranged brother into coming along on a group tour of the Biennale, fleeing a mortifying incident with a traumatized student back in Massachusetts but encountering further complications en route. And in "Milton and Marcus," a lapsed novelist is struggling with his wife's illness and trying 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 in Wyoming"--

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