Rule of the Bone: Novel

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Ecco Press
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5.03 X 7.59 X 1.0 inches | 0.58 pounds

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About the Author

Russell Banks, twice a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, was one of America's most prestigious fiction writers, a past president of the International Parliament of Writers, and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. His work has been translated into twenty languages and he received numerous prizes and awards, including the Common Wealth Award for Literature. He died in January 2023 at the age of eighty-two.


"It's been too long since this country had a convincing coming-of-age novel. . . . Rule of the Bone, a working class Catcher in the Rye for post P.C. is a tome for the times. It should be required reading." -- Philadelphia Weekly

"Bone . . . redefines the young modern anti-hero. . . . Banks' ear is perfectly attuned to teenage vernacular. . . . Rule of the Bone has its own culture and language, and Bone is sure to become a beloved character for generations. As with Holden Caulfield, we wish we could save Bone, but we come to hope that his purity of vision may somehow save us." -- San Francisco Chronicle

"Intoxicating and unsparing. . . a romance for a world fast running out of room for childhood." -- New York Times Book Review

"Rule of the Bone is a work of can-do genius. It has the good heavy-metal drive of basement rock bands. It's great, self-conscious pop." -- New York magazine

"Russell Banks is a writer of extraordinary power." -- Gail Caldwell