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Chances Are . . .: A novel by [Richard Russo]
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“[Russo’s] first novel in ten years hits the ball out of the park . . . Along with his wry eye for irony and regret, [Russo] offers up a compelling mystery . . . When the denouement comes, it’s a stunner. Nevertheless, all bombshells feel earned. If you’re on a hammock in the Vineyard or under a tent in Acadia, or slumped over the fire escape of your hot city apartment, chances are your chances are awfully good that you’ll lap up this gripping, wise, and wonderful summer treat.”— Mameve Medwed, The Boston Globe

“A cascade of charm . . . Each [character is] so appealing that you hate to let him go, though you’ll quickly feel just as fond of the next one . . . One of the great pleasures of Chances Are... stems from how gracefully Russo moves the story along two time frames, creating that uncanny sense of memories that feel simultaneously near and remote . . . Russo is an undeniably endearing writer, and chances are this story will draw you back to the most consequential moments in your own life.” —Ron Charles, The Washington Post

"Chances Are... is, at heart, less a mystery than an evocation of what happens when [its characters] discover that 'the membrane separating sympathy from pity could be paper thin' . . . . The cloud of remorse that hangs over [the novel] can be affecting precisely because these old friends have so much difficulty articulating their emotions. Will they be able to open up to whatever the future holds?" —Alida Becker, The New York Times Book Review

"Irresistible . . . with the complexities of human relationships, from first love to parenthood to aging [and] rich with humor." —Colette Bancroft, Tampa Bay Times

“No one understands men better than Russo, and no one is more eloquent in explaining how they think, suffer, and love. At a rough time for masculinity, Russo’s flawed but always decent characters are repositories of the classic virtues of their gender. . . . [Chances Are...] blends everything we love about this author with something new. Yes, this is a novel about male friendship, fathers and sons, small-town class issues, and lifelong crushes, and it provides the familiar pleasure of immersion in the author’s distinctive, richly observed world and his inimitable ironic voice. But this is also a mystery about a 1971 cold case.”—Kirkus (starred)

“For his first stand-alone novel in 10 years, Russo has written a bewitching tale of male friendship with thriller elements . . . This is vintage Russo with a cunning twist.”Carol Haggas, Booklist (starred)

"A surprising work that is as much a mystery as a meditation on secrets and friendship . . . a moving portrait of aging men who discover the world's worst-kept secret:  You may not know the people you thought you were closest to." —Michael Magras, BookPage

“Russo’s first standalone novel in a decade mixes his signature themes—father-and-son relationships, unrequited love, New England small-town living, and the hiccups of aging—with stealthy clue-dropping in a slow-to-build mystery . . . In the final stretch, surprising, long-kept secrets are revealed. This is vintage Russo.”—Publishers Weekly

Amazon.com Review

An Amazon Best Book of August 2019: In Richard Russo's Chances Are..., three men in their sixties have arrived on Martha's Vineyard for a Memorial Day weekend. They attended college together, and while the men haven't seen each other recently, they reconnect naturally, as old friends often do. Lincoln, who lives out west, is the owner of the Chilmark cottage where they are staying; Teddy is a small press publisher from Syracuse; Mickey is a musician who lives on Cape Cod. Not present, but always present in their minds, is Jacy, another college friend--and the girl they were all not-so-secretly in love with--who disappeared from the island on Memorial Day weekend in 1971. The time before she disappeared holds an important place in each man's identity and memory, and she stands as a reference point to many of their conversations and thoughts. What would Jacy think if she saw them now? one of them wonders. Three goddamn old men. But what starts off as a story about three aging baby boomers begins to open up into a mystery, as the men, especially Lincoln, try to uncover the events that led to Jacy's disappearance so long ago. This is not a full-fledged mystery novel, mind you; rather it's a thoughtful book on aging, memory, friendship, and expectation. But there is a mystery within it, and the payoff is genuinely unexpected. And Russo's observations on life are worth the ticket all by themselves. Chances Are... is a really enjoyable summer read. --Chris Schluep, Amazon Book Review --This text refers to the hardcover edition.

Product details

  • Publication Date : July 30, 2019
  • File Size : 1390 KB
  • Word Wise : Enabled
  • Print Length : 321 pages
  • Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
  • Publisher : Vintage (July 30, 2019)
  • Text-to-Speech : Enabled
  • X-Ray : Enabled
  • Language: : English
  • ASIN : B07NTYRRQN
  • Lending : Not Enabled
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.2 out of 5 stars 930 ratings

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Peter Lee
2.0 out of 5 stars Not vintage Russo
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on September 9, 2020
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Jane Challinor
5.0 out of 5 stars Thoughtful mystery
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 1, 2020
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3.0 out of 5 stars Its still Richard Russo
Reviewed in Canada on August 3, 2019
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Jana
4.0 out of 5 stars Russo doesn’t disappoint
Reviewed in Canada on August 18, 2019
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5.0 out of 5 stars Spannender Roman und wertvolle Gesellschaftsanalyse
Reviewed in Germany on July 29, 2020
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