"I've written a lot about destiny in my fiction," admits Richard Russo, "not because I understand it, but because I'd like to." In the first of these 11 essays, Russo shares the story of his onetime fiction workshop classmate who was considered to be bound for literary glory—yet it was Russo who emerged as a major writer. How, he wonders, did he manage to steal his classmate's destiny? Throughout this collection, Russo explores the unexpected turns of the creative life, including his grandfather's years cutting gloves, reflections on Dickens and Twain, his own teenage dreams of rock stardom, and accompanying fellow writer Jennifer Finney Boylan as she pursued gender reassignment surgery.
The Destiny Thief: Essays on Writing, Writers and Life
Author: Richard Russo.