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THE LATEST RELEASE IN THE FURNASS SERIES

The Building

The Building — here’s a video introduction to the latest book in Richard Snodgrass’ Furnass Series. To learn more about The Building click here.

The Building — Available April 22, 2018

Critical Acclaim

For Richard Snodgrass’ Novels

Richard
Snodgrass

Author &
Photographer

Richard Snodgrass’s short stories and essays have appeared in the New England Review/Bread Loaf Quarterly, South Dakota Review, California Review, Pittsburgh Quarterly, and elsewhere. He is also a master photographer who has been artist-in-residence at LightWorks (University of Syracuse) and at the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation in Taos, New Mexico. He is the recipient of a fellowship from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.

In 1989, Viking published Snodgrass’s novel There’s Something in the Back Yard to critical acclaim: “Observe this mysterious book and be changed,” wrote Jack Stephens in the Washington Post Book World. Snodgrass is also the author of An Uncommon Field: The Flight 93 Temporary Memorial, published in September of 2011 by Carnegie Mellon University Press, and Kitchen Things: An Album of Vintage Utensils and Farm Kitchen Recipes, published in 2013 by Skyhorse and named one of the year’s “best books to get you thinking about food” by the Associated Press.

Richard Snodgrass lives in Pittsburgh, PA with his wife Marty and two indomitable female tuxedo cats, raised from feral kittens, named Frankie and Becca.

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23 hours ago

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Ian Russell McEwan was born in Aldershot, England on this day in 1948.

“A person is, among all else, a material thing, easily torn and not easily mended.”
―from ATONEMENT (2001) by Ian McEwan

On the hottest day of the summer of 1935, thirteen-year-old Briony Tallis sees her older sister Cecilia strip off her clothes and plunge into the fountain in the garden of their country house. Watching Cecilia is their housekeeper’s son Robbie Turner, a childhood friend who, along with Briony’s sister, has recently graduated from Cambridge. By the end of that day the lives of all three will have been changed forever. Robbie and Cecilia will have crossed a boundary they had never before dared to approach and will have become victims of the younger girl’s scheming imagination. And Briony will have committed a dreadful crime, the guilt for which will color her entire life. In each of his novels Ian McEwan has brilliantly drawn his reader into the intimate lives and situations of his characters. But never before has he worked with so large a canvas: In Atonement he takes the reader from a manor house in England in 1935 to the retreat from Dunkirk in 1941; from the London’s World War II military hospitals to a reunion of the Tallis clan in 1999. ATONEMENT is Ian McEwan’s finest achievement. Brilliant and utterly enthralling in its depiction of childhood, love and war, England and class, the novel is at its center a profound–and profoundly moving–exploration of shame and forgiveness and the difficulty of absolution. READ an excerpt from the introduction here: www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/111380/atonement-by-ian-mcewan/
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2 weeks ago

Richard Snodgrass

Critical praise for The Building in the 5 Star review from IndieReader:
"Like the Mississippi William Faulkner evoked in his Yoknapatawpha County novels, Furnass commemorates a slice of the Rust Belt as a singular place and time of sadness yet endurance. The construction industry seldom is the topic of serious literature, but in THE BUILDING it rises to great heights, a distinctly American tragedy."

Got your copy of The Building yet? Better hop to it--the next volume of the Furnass Towers Trilogy--Some Rise--will publish on July 25.
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The West African giraffe is a subspecies of giraffe, distinguished from other types by its light, tan-colored spots. Other giraffes have darker markings. bit.ly/2IZ5CK4 ... See MoreSee Less

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3 weeks ago

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"Steel City, 1939"

(AP Photography)
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1 month ago

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The Building has received some really good critical reviews thus far, but here is a section from the Self-Publishing Review that is especially gratifying:

“Snodgrass does not fall victim to stereotypical portrayals of women – [Pamela] has depth and carries herself through her narrative in such a way that makes the reader sad to say goodbye…."

Pamela, for those of you who have yet to read The Building, is a nurse who lives across the alley from the construction site for the Furnass Towers. We first see Pamela as the girl who dances in her shower each morning promptly at ten o’clock—a quirk of the hammered glass in her shower window turns it translucent when wet—to the delight of the construction workers. But Pamela turns out to be much more than just a steamy figure dancing in the water. In many ways, Pamela is the heart of the Furnass Towers Trilogy—perhaps the soul of the town itself. This becomes more apparent in Book Two of the Trilogy, Some Rise—which, I might add, is coming close to its launch date of July 25th—so that you, dear Reader, don’t have to say good-bye to Pamela, only “See ya later….” For more information, go to www.RichardSnodgrass.com.
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