Nobody's Fool by Richard Russo

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Richard Russo's slyly funny and moving novel follows the unexpected operation of grace in a deadbeat town in upstate New York—and in the life of one of its unluckiest citizens, Sully, who has been doing the wrong thing triumphantly for fifty years.

Divorced from his own wife and carrying on halfheartedly with another man's, saddled with a bum knee and friends who make enemies redundant, Sully now has one new problem to cope with: a long-estranged son who is in imminent danger of following in his father's footsteps. With its sly and uproarious humor and a heart that embraces humanity's follies as well as its triumphs, Nobody's Fool is storytelling at its most generous.


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About Richard Russo

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Richard Russo is the author of Mohawk, The Risk Pool, Straight Man, Nobody's Fool, and Empire Falls, which won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction, and a collection of stories, The Whore's Child. He and his wife live in coastal Maine.
 
Published November 9, 2011 by Vintage. 560 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Children's Books, Humor & Entertainment, Biographies & Memoirs, Religion & Spirituality. Fiction

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Set in upstate New York like its predecessors (Mohawk, 1986; The Risk Pool, 1988), Russo's third is a slice of small-town life: thick slice, big cast, much bustle, but no storyline, no climax, no epiphanies.

May 20 2010 | Read Full Review of Nobody's Fool

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Set in the economically desperate ex-resort town of North Bath, N.Y., Russo's novel displays his characteristic verbal panache and biting wit. (May)

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It's about time that people looking for a good read discovered the novels of Richard Russo. It's not just that he writes with panache, his verbal dexterity a mixture of biting wit and potent insight.

May 03 1993 | Read Full Review of Nobody's Fool

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Set in the economically desperate ex-resort town of North Bath, N.Y., Russo's novel displays his characteristic verbal panache and biting wit.

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NOBODY'S FOOL Richard Russo (Random House, $23) Richard Russo's new novel is set in a region of upstate New York bounded on all sides by disappointment and populated entirely by underdogs.

Jun 25 1993 | Read Full Review of Nobody's Fool

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