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About the Book

The Destiny Thief: Essays on Writing, Writers and Life

A master of the novel, short story and memoir, the bestselling 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.

Audiobook available, read by Richard Russo

The Destiny Thief: Essays on Writing, Writers and Life
by Richard Russo

  • Publication Date: May 8, 2018
  • Genres: Essays, Nonfiction
  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Knopf
  • ISBN-10: 1524733512
  • ISBN-13: 9781524733513