Nobody's Fool by Richard Russo

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In delivering these personalities with a Dickensian skill, Russo again proves himself a shrewd observer of human nature, whose universal failings he scrutinizes with a comic eye and a compassionate heart.
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This slyly funny, moving novel about a blue-collar town in upstate New York—and in the life of Sully, of one of its unluckiest citizens, who has been doing the wrong thing triumphantly for fifty years—is a classic American story.

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 uproarious humor and a heart that embraces humanity's follies as well as its triumphs, Nobody's Fool, from Pulitzer Prize-winning author, Richard Russo, is storytelling at its most generous.
 
Nobody’s Fool was made into a movie starring Paul Newman, Bruce Willis, Jessica Tandy, and Melody Griffith.
 

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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Publishers Weekly

Good
on Feb 13 2017

In delivering these personalities with a Dickensian skill, Russo again proves himself a shrewd observer of human nature, whose universal failings he scrutinizes with a comic eye and a compassionate heart.

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Entertainment Weekly

Good
Reviewed by S. Klepp on Jun 25 1993

...worth absorbing with the coffee in Hattie’s diner, the drinks in the White Horse bar, and the shot suspension in Sully’s truck.

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Above average
Reviewed by Eric Hughes on Mar 28 2009

Russo has a knack for adorning his stories with colorful characters, and the ones in Nobody's Fool are no exception...But for all the good I found in the novel, there is a little bit of bad as well -- the most important of which would be the first 100 pages or so. It's dry, slow material...

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