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  • Bibliography:
    21 Books
  • First Book:
    January 1975
  • Latest Book:
    March 2024
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Book List in Order: 21 titles



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  • In Family Life, Russell Banks's 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 ang...



  • “The most convincing portrait I know of contemporary America . . . a great American novel.” -- James Atlas, The Atlantic MonthlyFrom acclaimed author Russell Banks, a masterful novel of hope lost and gained -- a gripping, indelible story o...



  • "A truly excellent novel. . . . The morbidly fascinating little twists of human existence are all here: love, sex, life and death, beauty and horror -- the works."  --  Chicago Sun-TimesIn The Book of Jamaica, Russell Banks explores the com...




  • "Each story is uncommonly good. . . surprising, lively writing and believably human characters. . . . Banks has a terrific eye, mordant yet affectionate, for the bric-a-brac and the pathos of the American dream."  --  Washington Post Book W...



  • Hamilton Stark is a New Hampshire pipe fitter and the sole inhabitant of the house from which he evicted his own mother. He is the villain of five marriages and the father of a daughter so obsessed that she has been writing a book about him for years...



  • “Banks has skillfully used his repertoire of contemporary techniques to write a novel that is classically American -- a dark, but sometimes funny, romance with echoes of Poe and Melville.”  --  Washington Post"A marvelously written litt...



  • In Sucess Stories, an exceptionally varied yet coherent collection, Russell Banks proves himself one of the most astute and forceful writers in America today. Queen for a Day, Success Story, and Adultery trace fortunes of the Painter family in there...






  • "Banks has taken on a profound theme, the ruinous and awful affliction of violence that seems to live like a secret blood-disease handed down in men like Wade. . . . He turns it into a living art that can bring recognition and awe."  --  Lo...



  • "Rich in imagery and the detail of small-town life and haunting in its portrayal of ordinary men and women struggling to understand loss. Under Mr. Banks's restrained craftsmanship, what begins as the story of senseless tragedy is transformed into an...



  • In the tradition Huckleberry Finn and The Catcher in the Rye, Russell Banks’s quintessential novel of a disaffected homeless youth living on the edge of society “redefines the young modern anti-hero. . . . Rule of the Bon...



  • "Deeply affecting. . . . Like the best novels of Nadine Gordimer, it makes us appreciate the dynamic between the personal and the political, the public and the private, and the costs and causes of radical belief."  --  New York TimesA trium...



  • "At his shattering best. . . Banks offers answers that are tough, honest, and inevitable without being simple. . . . A book that is not to be missed." -- New York TimesWith The Angel on the Roof, acclaimed author Russell Banks offers readers an asto...



  • A New York Times Notable Book • National Bestseller“Russell Banks’s work presents without falsehood and with tough affection the uncompromising moral voice of our time. You find the craziness of false dreams, the political inequalities, and som...



  • Part love story, part murder mystery, set on the cusp of the Second World War, Russell Banks's sharp-witted and deeply engaging new novel raises dangerous questions about class, politics, art, love, and madness--and explores what happens when two pow...



  • Suspended in a strangely modern-day version of limbo, the young man at the center of Russell Banks's uncompromising and morally complex new novel must create a life for himself in the wake of incarceration. Known in his new identity only as the Kid, ...



  • A masterly collection of new stories from Russell Banks, acclaimed author of The Sweet Hereafter and Rule of the Bone, which maps the complex terrain of the modern American family The New York Times lauds Russell Banks as "the most compassionate f...



  • A searing novel about memory, abandonment, and betrayal from the acclaimed and bestselling Russell Banks At the center of Foregone is famed Canadian American leftist documentary filmmaker Leonard Fife, one of sixty thousand draft evaders and dese...






  • From one of America’s most beloved storytellers: a dazzling tapestry of love and faith, memory and imagination that questions what it means to look back and accept one’s place in history. In 1971, Harley Mann revisits his childhood, recounting hi...



  • From one of America’s most celebrated storytellers come three dark, interlocking tales about the residents of a rural New York town, and the shocking headlines that become their local mythologies.A husband sells property to a mysterious, temperamen...


Award-Winning Books by Russell Banks

The Angel on the Roof
2001 Ambassador Book Award -- Fiction
Cloudsplitter
1999 Audies -- Fiction-Abridged


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Russell Banks has published 21 books.

Russell Banks does not have a new book coming out soon. The latest book, American Spirits, was published in March 2024.

The first book by Russell Banks, Searching for Survivors, was published in January 1975.

No. Russell Banks does not write books in series.