In "Family Life, " Russell Banks' first novel, he transforms the dramas of domesticity into the story of a royal family in a mythical contemporary kingdom. Life inside this kingdom includes the king (dubbed "the Hearty" or "the Bluff"), who squeals angrily as is his wont; the queen, who, while pondering the mirror in her chambers, decides to write ...
In "Family Life, " Russell Banks' first novel, he transforms the dramas of domesticity into the story of a royal family in a mythical contemporary kingdom. Life inside this kingdom includes the king (dubbed "the Hearty" or "the Bluff"), who squeals angrily as is his wont; the queen, who, while pondering the mirror in her chambers, decides to write a book; three adolescent princes who are, respectively, a superb wrestler, a fanatical sports car driver, and a sullen drunk. Then there are the mysterious Green Man with a thing for princess; the Loon, who lives in a tree house designed by Christopher Wren; and a whole slew of murders, mayhem, coups, debauches, world tours, and love and loss and laughter.
Near Fine in Very Good jacket. First hardcover Edition with full number line. revised, originally published as an Avon paperback. Inscribed by the author on the front endpaper. Interior clean and unmarked. Binding tight, square. Dust jacket is clean and bright with a touch of light edge wear and light rubbing. A presentable copy.
Collectible-Good. 0380002582 Signed by Author First Equinox Printing. FlatSigned Author. Rubbing, light edgewear on covers and spine. Good condition. Light to moderate shelf wear, binding intact. [LL31]
Very Good + Signed by Author Book shows only light edgewear, light shelf-soiling to bottom edge, and some very mild browning to rear of wraps. Signed by the author on the title page. Interior remains very crisp and clean, binding is firm.
The true first edition of Banks's first novel, only issued in wrappers in the Avon "Equinox" series of trade paperbacks. Inscribed by the author: "To Jerry [Jerome Klinkowitz]--best wishes, Russ/ 3.30.75." Fine in wrappers.
Signed by Author First edition, first prnt. Paperback Original edition. Pictoral wraps. Signed by Banks on the title page. Minimal edgewear and beginning spine toning; otherwise, an unread copy in Fine condition. Banks' first novel. Actual image of the book; not a stock photo.
Publishers Weekly, 1988-04-08 With this revised version of a 1975 novella, acclaimed novelist Banks (Continental Drift) lampoons the American family in a wonderfully funny range of literary styles. Family Life opens in the macho mode of the tall tale cum horse opera, replete with a patrilineal catalogue of brawling heroes who indulge in their boys-will-be-boys exploits. With marriage, a man gains the rank of royalty. King Egress the Hearty, embarrassed now about past escapades with his hippie buddy Loon, lives in an American hometown with his ``right-on queen.'' But she cavorts with the wine steward. The princes Orgone, Dread and Egress Jr. get into teenage scrapes, hunting girls and cougar, taking hash and coke, drinking and dying. When the Queen, aka Naomi Ruth, writes her own novel, rendered here in a chapter titled ``Remember Me to Camelot,'' she rephrases events in a tone of sentimental confessional relish. She tells about her cheerleader's crush on football captain Rex, their marriage, mobile home and three boys. But once Rex goes off to Vietnam, Naomi quickly gets liberated. How Rex and Naomi fare afterward emerges as a series of blase encounters in increasingly glitzy places. Exuberant and irreverent, Family Life bares a knife-edge of social satire. (May)
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