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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.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Sixty-year-old Sully is "nobody's fool," except maybe his own. Out of work (undeclared-income work is what he does, when he can), down to his last few bucks, hampered by an arthritic broken knee, Sully is worried that he's started on a run of bad luck. And he has. The banker son of his octogenarian landlady wants him evicted; Sully's estranged son comes home for Thanksgiving only to have his wife split; Sully's own high-strung ex-wife seems headed for a nervous breakdown; and his longtime lover is blaming him for her daughter's winding up in the hospital with a busted jaw. But Sully's biggest problem is the memory of his own abusive father, a ghost who haunts his every day. As he demonstrated in Mohawk (Random, 1986) and The Risk Pool (Random, 1989), Russo knows the small towns of upstate New York and the people who inhabit them; he writes with humor and compassion. A delight. Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 2/1/93.
- Charles Michaud, Turner Free Lib., Randolph, Mass.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
A town and cast of characters i feel compelled to visit every few years.Published 21 days ago by Amazon Customer
Richard Russo is a fine writer and great storyteller. He makes our world a better place with his art.Published 1 month ago by Charlotte Siudara
I love this author's writing! This was a great story. Well worth it...Published 1 month ago by Trudy
Russo is an exquisite writer ! It was very interesting getting a slight insight into where he finds inspiration for his fictionPublished 2 months ago by sheila
If you're a sucker for a smart ass with a heart of gold, read this book. Sully is one of the best of the breed.Published 2 months ago by Sandra H.
I became a fan of Richard Russo after reading "Mohawk". My favorite so far has been "Nobody's Fool". Beryl Peoples is a delight... Read morePublished 3 months ago by john brueggeman
The story can get boring sometimes - it's really just a narrative about the people in a small upstate NY town. For me it is how Russo writes that makes the book so good.Published 4 months ago by JamesD
This is one of the best books I have ever read. In fact, I have read it twice and got it just to give it away. It had me laughing out loud many, many times. Read morePublished 4 months ago by rwing1