The Destiny Thief : Essays on Writing, Writers and Life
"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 eleven remarkable essays, Russo shares the story of his onetime fiction workshop classmate who, of the two of them, was considered the class star, 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? What twists of talent and fate determine a would-be writer's path?
In each of the pieces collected here, Russo considers the unexpected turns of the creative life. From his grandfather's years cutting gloves to his own teenage dreams of rock stardom; from his first college teaching jobs to his dazzling reads of Dickens and Twain; from the roots of his famous novels to his journey accompanying a dear friend--the writer Jennifer Finney Boylan--as she pursued gender reassignment surgery, The Destiny Thief powerfully reveals the inner workings of one of America's most beloved authors.