Welcome to the new catalog for Santa Fe Public Library. We'd love to hear your feedback.

Straight man

Book Cover
Average Rating
Random House,
Pub. Date:
1st ed.
William Henry Devereaux, Jr., spiritually suited to playing left field but forced by a bad hamstring to try first base, is the unlikely chairman of the English department at West Central Pennsylvania University. Over the course of a single convoluted week, he threatens to execute a duck, has his nose slashed by a feminist poet, discovers that his secretary writes better fiction than he does, suspects his wife of having an affair with his dean, and finally confronts his philandering elderly father, the one-time king of American Literary Theory, at an abandoned amusement park. Such is the canvas of Richard Russo's Straight Man, a novel of surpassing wit, poignancy, and insight. As he established in his previous books -- Mohawk, The Risk Pool, and Nobody's Fool -- Russo is unique among contemporary authors for his ability to flawlessly capture the soul of the wise guy and the heart of a difficult parent. In Hank Devereaux, Russo has created a hero whose humor and identification with the absurd are mitigated only by his love for his family, friends, and, ultimately, knowledge itself. Unforgettable, compassionate, and laugh-out-loud funny, Straight Man cements Richard Russo's reputation as one of the master storytellers of our time.
Also in this Series
More Like This
More Details
Reviews from GoodReads
Loading GoodReads Reviews.
Staff View

Grouping Information

Grouped Work ID 6ed1c2d5-7222-4071-3f5c-9fffcf0a98cb
full_title straight man
author russo richard
grouping_category book
lastUpdate 2018-02-21 04:19:51AM

Solr Details

accelerated_reader_point_value 0
accelerated_reader_reading_level 0
author Russo, Richard, 1949-
author_display Russo, Richard
available_at_santafe Main Library, Southside Branch
detailed_location_santafe Main, Southside
format_category_santafe Books
format_santafe Book
id 6ed1c2d5-7222-4071-3f5c-9fffcf0a98cb
isbn 9780679432463
item_details ils:.b1154627x|.i16493199|Southside|Fiction Russo, R|||1|false|false|||||*CHECK SHELF*||co||, ils:.b1154627x|.i19166904|Main|Fiction Russo, R|||1|false|false|||||*CHECK SHELF*||mn||
itype_santafe Regular Circ
lexile_score -1
literary_form Fiction
literary_form_full Fiction
local_callnumber_santafe Fiction Russo, R
owning_library_santafe Santa Fe Public Library
owning_location_santafe Main Library, Southside Branch
primary_isbn 9780679432463
publishDate 1997
record_details ils:.b1154627x|Book|Books|1st ed.|English|Random House,|c1997.|xvii, 391 p. ; 24 cm.
recordtype grouped_work
scoping_details_santafe ils:.b1154627x|.i16493199|On Shelf|*CHECK SHELF*|false|true|true|false|false|true|999|||, ils:.b1154627x|.i19166904|On Shelf|*CHECK SHELF*|false|true|true|false|false|true|999|||
subject_facet College stories, College teachers -- Fiction
title_display Straight man
title_full Straight man / Richard Russo
title_short Straight man
topic_facet College teachers