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The Sweet Hereafter 2

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Categorization is odious. There is tremendous overlap among genres. These pigeonholes are offered only as a convenience.

Russell Banks

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Writer Russell Banks was born into a working-class family in Newton, Massachusetts and grew up in New Hampshire. The first in his family to attend college, Banks graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He has taught at a number of universities and finished his teaching career at Princeton University. Fellow New York state novelist William Kennedy provides this laudation of Russell Banks:

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