Short stories by Russell Banks

Russell Banks (born March 28, 1940) is an American writer of fiction and poetry. As a novelist, Banks is best known for his "detailed accounts of domestic strife and the daily struggles of ordinary often-marginalized characters".[1] His stories usually revolve around his own childhood experiences, and often reflect "moral themes and personal relationships".[1] Banks is a member of the International Parliament of Writers and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Banks was born in Newton, Massachusetts on March 28, 1940, and grew up "in relative poverty."[2] He is the son of Florence (Taylor), a homemaker, and Earl Banks, a plumber, and was raised in Barnstead, New Hampshire.[3][4] His father deserted the family when Banks was aged 12.[5] While he was awarded a scholarship to attend Colgate University, he dropped out six weeks into university and travelled south instead, with the "intention of joining Fidel Castro's insurgent army in Cuba, but wound up working in a department store in Lakeland, Florida".[5] He married a sales clerk and they had a daughter.[6] According to an interview with The Independent, he started to write when he was living in Miami in the late-1950s, though an interview with The Paris Review dates this to Banks's subsequent spell living in Boston. He moved back to New England in 1964 and then to North Carolina, where he attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, funded by the family of his second wife, Mary Gunst.[2][5][6][7] In Chapel Hill, Banks was involved in Students for a Democratic Society and protest during the Civil Rights Movement.[2] In 1976, he was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship.[8] Banks divorced Mary Gunst in 1977 after 14 years of marriage. He was subsequently married to Kathy Walton, an editor at Harper & Row, for five years.[6] Banks now lives in Keeneupstate New York, wintering in Miami.[9] He was a New York State Author for 2004–2006.[10] He is also Artist-in-Residence at the University of Maryland.[2] He has taught creative writing at Princeton University.[11] He is married to the poet Chase Twichell, his fourth wife.[2] Banks has four daughters from his previous marriages.[5] Banks was the 1985 recipient of the John Dos Passos Prize for fiction. Continental Drift and Cloudsplitter were finalists for the 1986 and 1999 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction respectively.[12][13] Banks was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1996.

Listing 7 stories.

A middle-aged Black Miami divorcee trying to buy her first car finds herself unexpectedly trapped by a vicious dog in the parking lot of the car dealership.

An ex-marine bent on staying the head of his family robs a series of banks to make his mortgage payments until he crashes his car and his three sons--two cops and a prison officer--find the evidence. Rather than go to jail, he shoots himself in the hospital.

After being struck by lightning, ruining her chance at the Olympics in a skiing accident, and dropping out of college, a bartender in a roadhouse in upstate New York tries to survive her shift on Lobster Night.

A man reflects on the love of his life while inadvertently affecting her surgery in a hospital, causing her to fall into a coma.

An extremely attractive man is fascinated by a woman he describes as 'unattractive.' He is certain that he will be the one to end their relationship - but as time passes, he learns that breaking a heart is also a kind of heartbreak.

After a ten-year-old boy accidentally kills his friend in 1970s Massachusetts, his father's decision to frame an innocent man unleashes a storm he could never have expected. But why did he lie, and whose fault is it?

As an American man returns to his ancestral home in New Hampshire, he imagines how he might have spent the last three years if he had traveled the world and become a Latin American revolutionary.