Elsewhere by Richard Russo
A memoir by the author of Empire Falls. Although I've read a number of Russo's books, I wasn't particularly interested in this author's autobiography. Thankfully that's not what the book is - instead it is a portrait of his troubled mother, though he doesn't give his mother's troubles a name until the end - see if you can identify it before he does. The book is also a fascinating portrait of a decaying mill town and the leather glove industry that shaped it. As always, Russo's writing is the biggest star of the book.