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Trajectory • The New York Times

Trajectory by Richard Russo, book review by

There is probably no contemporary author more associated in the minds of readers with the Northeastern working class than Richard Russo. His novels, set mostly in depressed industrial towns in upstate New York, western Pennsylvania and inland Maine, typically chart the lives of people who haven’t exactly been lucky. The Pulitzer Prize-winning “Empire Falls” (2001), for example, centers on the unhappy proprietor of a small-town diner in Maine, a man who once imagined a very different sort of life for himself.

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