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Novelist Russell Banks Tells the Story of a Troubled Teen

Banks' new novel is Rule of the Bone. It's been compared to Mark Twain's The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn because of it's young first-person narrator, and use of comedy to convey grim realities. Bank's narrator is 14 year-old Chappie from upstate New York who wears a nose ring and Mohawk. He steals from his parents to pay for dope, is kicked out of the house, and sets off on a low-life adventure.


Other segments from the episode on May 15, 1995

Fresh Air with Terry Gross, May 15, 1995: Interview with Russell Banks; Interview with Fred Wertheimer; Review of Matthew Sweet's album "100% Fun."


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