In Elsewhere, Pulitzer Prize–winning novelist Richard Russo (Empire Falls) describes his childhood town of Gloversville (a town that is reminiscent of those in his fiction). Gloversville was like the Detroit of New York, industrious and built around a leather-producing plant. When the demand for leather begins to drop, the town itself seems to crumble. Russo’s mother, who raises Richard mostly by herself, tries to overcome her surroundings by instilling in Richard that there is an
‘elsewhere’ away from Gloversville. The writing is poignant, funny, and bittersweet. You can feel the boy in Russo, the child who is trying hard to do better, and go further, for himself and also to please his mother. A moving, honest, and original read.