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Richard Russo knows his characters well and knows how to make his readers love them, flaws and all.Published 9 days ago by Selective Reader
I am a big fan of Russo’s “Empire Falls” novels, and had somehow missed this one. “The Risk Pool” is a testament to what good writing can accomplish even when the subject matter is... Read morePublished 1 month ago by algo41
Set in Mohawk, New York, The Risk Pool follows Ned Hall through various stages of his life. The Risk Pool is a coming of age novel but it is also the story of Mohawk (a story that... Read morePublished 4 months ago by TChris
I love Richard Russo, and while I didn't think this was as good as Empire Falls, it was similar. A thorough examination of the relationship of a boy, then a man, and his dad. Read morePublished 4 months ago by jcpdx
Richard Russo is one of my favorite novelists. Set in upstate New York, this novel captures a way of life in small towns that have seen better days as factories have closed and... Read morePublished 6 months ago by nanajudi
Richard Russo captures the rhythm of life in a small town as the backdrop for the most beautifully rendered, painfully honest father-son relationships I've ever read. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Ryan
I'm reading this book now, and as usual for Richard Russo books, it is wonderful. The writing is very smooth, the characters are well portrayed, and the story keeps me awake longer... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Trudy
If you're a fan of Russo, you need this one on your shelf. Even if you're not, it's a great novel.Published 7 months ago by John Buchholz