Peter Pauper Press
In Voyager, Russell Banks, a lifelong explorer, shares highlights from his travels: interviewing Fidel Castro in Cuba; motoring to a hippie reunion with college friends in Chapel Hill, North Carolina; eloping to Edinburgh with his fourth wife, Chase; driving a sunset-orange metallic Hummer down Alaska's Seward Highway.
In each of these remarkable essays, Banks considers his life and the world. In Everglades National Park, a "perfect place to time-travel", he traces his own time line. "I keep going back, and with increasingly clarity I see more of the place and more of my past selves. And more of the past of the planet as well." Recalling his trips to the Caribbean in the title essay, "Voyager", Banks dissects his relationships with the four women who would become his wives. In the Himalayas he embarks on a different quest of self-discovery. "One climbs a mountain not to conquer it but to be lifted like this away from the earth up into the sky," he explains.
Pensive, frank, beautiful, and engaging, Voyager brings together the social, the personal, and the historical, opening a path into the heart and soul of this revered writer.