Everybody's Fool: A novel Hardcover – Deckle Edge, May 3, 2016
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“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)
- Item Weight : 1.7 pounds
- Hardcover : 496 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0307270645
- ISBN-13 : 978-0307270641
- Product Dimensions : 6.6 x 1.6 x 9.5 inches
- Publisher : Knopf; 1st Edition (May 3, 2016)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #469,285 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The action picks up ten years after the end of the last book. It contains Russo's trademark mix of hilarity, pathos, and even a little mystery. Each character is so well drawn, Sully being up to his old behavior. He never really changed. Highly highly recommended.
Raymer is played by Seymour Philip Hoffman in the movie "Nobody's Fool," which starred Paul Newman and Jessica Tandy. Raymer is the cop who tries to shoot Newman's character.
In "Everybody's Fool," we learn that Raymer isn't bad or even stupid. He's like other Russo characters, a working-class guy who's had some bad luck and made bad choices but who wants to be good.
As with other Russo novels, the stars of "Everybody's Fool" are a dying small town in upstate New York - based on the real-life town of Gloversville, NY, where Russo grew up - and the fading people who live therein, either by choice or because they're trapped, or both.
Unlike other Russo novels, we have an actual villain in this story, and a real plot. Russo is turning his hand at comic crime fiction this time around - like another one of my favorite writers, Carl Hiaasen - and he's doing a great job of it.
The main character of "Nobody's Fool" (played by Newman in the movie) returns to a supporting role in this novel. He's still the same irascible manchild, but 10 years older now, and dying of a heart condition. Or maybe not.
Top reviews from other countries
While it might help to read "Nobody's" first giving a bit of useful background to the characters,everybody's Fool is still a fine stand alone novel.
We meet the various citizens of Bath NY a small, struggling town trying to regenerate itself inspite of said citizens.
There are many characters and side stories as we follow the main theme of the crisis in the life of the recently widowed police chief Raymer and his long time, terminally ill nemeses Sully. You can't help , but love them all with one evil exception.
The dialogue is superb. Richard Russo has an almost unique talent for writing dialogue that is clever, witty and most importantly real. If you have ever bellied up to a small town bar and listened to the locals' conversations you will know what i mean.
It is fairly long at over 700 pages, but not a word is wasted and I flew through it.
Best read this year.