RICHARD RUSSOis the author of seven previous novels; two collections of stories; and Elsewhere, a memoir. In 2002 he received the Pulitzer Prize for Empire Falls, which like Nobody s Fool was adapted to film, in a multiple-award-winning HBO miniseries."
Cause for celebration . . . writing that reflects [Russo s] deep affection for the quotidian and for the best and worst that s found in every human heart. Sally Bissell, Library Journal Buoyantly unsentimental . . . You hold his books to your heart. Jan Stuart, The Boston Globe Elegiac but never sentimental. . . . Russo s compassionate heart is open to the sorrows, and yes, the foolishness of this lonely world, but also the humor, friendship and love that abide. Paul Wilner, San Francisco Chronicle [A] sweeping comic novel . . . Whether you loved Nobody s Fool or never heard of it, reasons about to read its sequel. Betty J. Cotter, The Providence Journal Hard-bitten, hard-drinking, hardscrabble comedy [whose] timing is impeccable: Russo understands more about the plight of the working class than any so-called pundit attempting to decipher this election. Yvonne Zipp, The Christian Science Monitor Russo [renders] with uncommon grace the dashed expectations and wistful regrets of his working-class hero, Sully. O Magazine Rollicking and heartfelt. Jeff Baker, The Seattle Times For fans who ve missed Sully and the gang, Everybody s Fool is like hopping on the last empty barstool surrounded by old friends. Jeff Labreque, Entertainment Weekly A writer of great comedy and warmth, Russo s living proof that a book can be profound and wise without aiming straight into darkness. [His] voice can play in any register, any key, any style [in this] portrait of an entire community, in all its romance and all its grit. Eliot Schrefer, USA Today Russo brings wit and warmth to this slapstick tale . . . Once again his characters are marvelous creatures, endearing in spite of themselves. People A delightful return . . . to a town where dishonesty abounds, everyone misapprehends everyone else and half the citizens are half-crazy. It s a great place for a reader to visit, and it seems to be Russo s spiritual home. Janet Maslin, The New York Times How could twenty-three years have slipped by since Nobody s Fool? . . . Russo is probably the best writer of physical comedy that we have [but] even the zaniest elements of the story are interspersed with episodes of wincing cruelty. . . . The abiding wonder [is that] Russo s novel bears down on two calamitous days and exploits the action in every single minute . . . mudslides, grave robbery, collapsing buildings, poisonous snakes, drug deals, arson, lightning strikes and toxic goo. North Bath is a sleepy little town that never sleeps [and] no tangent ever feels tangential. Ron Charles, The Washington Post Everybody should read Everybody s Fool. Almost nobody in Richard Russo s novel is sure of anything, but I m sure of that. . . . [He] has given readers all they should want. Brian O Neill, The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette The Fool books represent an enormous achievement, creating a world as richly detailed as the one we step into each day of our lives. . . . Sully in particular emerges as one of the most credible and engaging heroes in recent American fiction. . . . Bath is real, Sully is real, and so is Hattie s and the White Horse Tavern and Miss Peoples s house on Main, and I can only hope we haven t seen the last of them. I d love to see what Sully s going to be up to at 80. T. Coraghessan Boyle, The New York Times Book Review I was holding my breath for fear Everybody's Fool wouldn t live up to its predecessor, but I shouldn't have worried. As good as Russo was in 1993, he s even better now.And Everybody s Fool is a delight [with] enough bizarre events, startling revelations, unlikely heroes and touching moments to supply a dozen small towns . . . He is also a master of plotting, from cliffhangers to twists that deftly link apparently unrelated threads. This book s tone is largely comic, but Russo writes with uncommon insight about love, families and friendship. Collette Bancroft, Tampa Bay Times A madcap romp, weaving mystery, suspense and comedy in a race to the final pages. Jennifer Maloney, The Wall Street Journal Triumphant. . . Russo's reunion with these beloved characters is genius: silly slapstick and sardonic humor play out in a rambling, rambunctious story that poignantly emphasizes that particular brand of loyalty and acceptance that is synonymous with small-town living. Carol Haggas, Booklist (starred) Russo hits his trademark trifecta: satisfying, hilarious, and painlessly profound. Kirkus Reviews (starred)"