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Russell Banks's story has its origins in an image of a middle-aged businessman in a hotel room, about to commit adultery with an attractive, slightly younger woman

By Russell Banks  


Russell Banks, one of America’s most respected fiction writers, was born in 1940 and raised in the small town of Barnstead, New Hampshire.

“Lost and Found” comes from his new book, A Permanent Member of the Family. “The story has its origins in an image of a middle-aged businessman in a hotel room and an attractive, slightly younger woman with him, both about to commit adultery,” says Banks. “It was an imagined Edward Hopper painting, one he never made but certainly could have. It’s that moment where flirtation ends…

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