Paperback - 400 pages
Reprint edition (April 1996)
HarperCollins (paper); ISBN:
When we first meet him, Chappie is a punked-out teenager living
with his mother and abusive stepfather in an upstate New York trailer
park. During this time, he slips into drugs and petty crime. Rejected
by his parents, out of school and in trouble with the police, he claims
for himself a new identity as a permanent outsider; he gets a crossed-bones
tattoo on his arm, and takes the name "Bone."
He finds dangerous refuge with a group of biker-thieves, and then hides
in the boarded-up summer house of a professor and his wife.
He finally settles in an abandoned schoolbus with Rose, a
child he rescues from a fast-talking pedophile. There Bone
meets I-Man, an exiled Rastafarian, and together they begin
a second adventure that takes the reader from Middle America
to the ganja-growing mountains of Jamaica. It is an amazing
journey of self-discovery through a world of magic, violence,
betrayal and redemption.
Russell Banks was raised in New Hampshire and eastern Massachusetts.
The eldest of four children, he grew up in a working-class, hardscrabble
world that has played a major role in shaping his writing.
Banks (the first in his family to go to college) attended Colgate University
"for less than a semester," and later graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Before he could support himself
as a writer, he tried his hand at plumbing, and worked as a shoe salesman
and window dresser. More recently, he has taught at Columbia University,
Sarah Lawrence, University of New Hampshire, New England College and New
A prolific writer of fiction, his titles include: Searching for Survivors,
Family Life, Hamilton Stark, The New World, The Book of Jamaica, Trailerpark,
The Relation of My Imprisonment, Continental Drift, Success Stories, Rule
of the Bone, Affliction and The Sweet Hereafter (the latter
two of which were made into feature films). His latest novel, Cloudsplitter
is a national bestseller and has garnered critical acclaim.
Banks has also contributed poems, stories and essays to The Boston
Globe Magazine, Vanity Fair, The New York Times Book Review, Esquire,
Harper's and many other publications.
Banks has won numerous awards and prizes for his work, among them a Guggenheim
Fellowship, National Endowment for the Arts Creative Writing Fellowships,
Ingram Merril Award, the St. Lawrence Award for Short Fiction, O. Henry
and Best American Short Story Award, the John Dos Passos Award, and the
Literature Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Continental
Drift was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 1986 and Affliction
was short-listed for both the PEN/Faulkner Fiction Prize and the Irish
Banks has lived in a variety of places, from New England to Jamaica,
which have contributed to the richness of his writing. He is married to
the poet Chase Twichell and is the father of four grown daughters. He
lives in Dublin, Ireland and summers in Cape Cod, MA.