Featured Author: Richard Russo
A New York Times 2016 Notable Book
An immediate national best seller and instant classic from the
Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Empire Falls. Richard
Russo returns to North Bath—“a town where dishonesty
abounds, everyone misapprehends everyone else and half the citizens
are half-crazy” (The New York Times)—and the
characters who made Nobody’s Fool a beloved choice of
book clubs everywhere.
After eight commanding works of fiction, the Pulitzer Prize
winner now turns to memoir in a hilarious, moving, and always
surprising account of his life, his parents, and the upstate New
York town they all struggled variously to escape.
Anyone familiar with Richard Russo's acclaimed
novels will recognize Gloversville once famous for producing
that eponymous product and anything else made of leather.
Richard Russo—from his first novel, Mohawk, to his
most recent, Straight Man—has demonstrated a peerless
affinity for the human tragicomedy, and with this stunning new
novel he extends even further his claims on the small-town,
blue-collar heart of the country.
To this irresistible debut collection of short stories, Richard
Russo brings the same bittersweet wit, deep knowledge of human
nature, and spellbinding narrative gifts that distinguish his
best-selling novels. His themes are the imperfect bargains of
marriage; the discoveries and disillusionments of childhood;the
unwinnable battles men and women insist on fighting with the past.
Following Bridge of Sighs—a national best seller
hailed by The Boston Globe as “an astounding
achievement” and “a masterpiece”—Richard
Russo gives us the story of a marriage, and of all the other ties
that bind, from parents and in-laws to children and the promises of
Six years after the bestselling, Pulitzer Prize—winning
Empire Falls, Richard Russo returns with a novel that
expands even further his widely heralded achievement.
Louis Charles (“Lucy”) Lynch has spent all his sixty
years in upstate Thomaston, New York, married to the same woman,
Sarah, for forty of them, their son now a grown man.
William Henry Devereaux, Jr., spiritually suited to playing left
field but forced by a bad hamstring to try first base, is the
unlikely chairman of the English department at West Central
Pennsylvania University. Over the course of a single convoluted
week, he threatens to execute a duck, has his nose slashed by a
feminist poet, discovers that his secretary writes better fiction
than he does, suspects his wife of having an affair with his dean,
and finally confronts his philandering elderly father, the one-time
king of American Literary Theory, at an abandoned amusement park.
This slyly funny, moving novel about a blue-collar town in upstate
New York—and in the life of Sully, of one of its unluckiest
citizens, who has been doing the wrong thing triumphantly for fifty
years—is a classic American story.
Divorced from his own wife and carrying on halfheartedly with
another man's, saddled with a bum knee and friends who make enemies
redundant, Sully now has one new problem to cope with.