Straight Man: A Novel

Vintage Books. Hilarious and true-to-life, and impossible to put down, compassionate, witty, Straight Man follows Hank Devereaux through one very bad week in this novel from Pulitzer Prize-winning author Richard Russo. William Henry Devereaux, Jr. Is the reluctant chairman of the English department of a badly underfunded college in the Pennsylvania rust belt.

Devereaux's reluctance is partly rooted in his character--he is a born anarchist--and partly in the fact that his department is more savagely divided than the Balkans. In the course of a single week, wonder if a curvaceous adjunct is trying to seduce him with peach pits, imagine his wife is having an affair with his dean, Devereaux will have his nose mangled by an angry colleague, and threaten to execute a goose on local television.

All this while coming to terms with his philandering father, the dereliction of his youthful promise, and the ominous failure of certain vital body functions. In short, straight man is classic Russo—side-splitting, compassionate, poignant, and unforgettable.

Nobody's Fool

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: a long-estranged son who is in imminent danger of following in his father's footsteps. Great product! . With its uproarious humor and a heart that embraces humanity's follies as well as its triumphs, Richard Russo, Nobody's Fool, from Pulitzer Prize-winning author, is storytelling at its most generous.

Nobody’s fool was made into a movie starring Paul Newman, Bruce Willis, Jessica Tandy, and Melody Griffith. 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.


Empire Falls

What keeps him there? it could be his bright, sensitive daughter Tick, who needs all his help surviving the local high school. A stirring mix of poignancy, drama and comedy. The washington postwelcome to empire falls, a blue-collar town full of abandoned mills whose citizens surround themselves with the comforts and feuds provided by lifelong friends and neighbors and who find humor and hope in the most unlikely places, in this Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Richard Russo.

In empire falls richard russo delves deep into the blue-collar heart of America in a work that overflows with hilarity, heartache, and grace. Winner of the pulitzer Prize“Russo writes with a warm, vibrant humanity. Miles roby has been slinging burgers at the Empire Grill for 20 years, a job that cost him his college education and much of his self-respect.

Vintage. Or maybe it’s janine, miles’ soon-to-be ex-wife, who’s taken up with a noxiously vain health-club proprietor. Or perhaps it’s the imperious francine Whiting, who owns everything in town–and seems to believe that “everything” includes Miles himself. Great product!

Everybody's Fool: A Novel Vintage Contemporaries

National bestseller and a new york times 2016 notable BookIn these pages, Richard Russo returns to North Bath, the Rust Belt town first brought to unforgettable life in Nobody’s Fool. Great product! Vintage. And with the hapless rub Squeers, who worries that he and Sully aren’t still best friends. With ruth, the married woman with whom he carried on for years.

Now, ten years later, doug raymer has become the chief of police and is tormented by the improbable death of his wife—not to mention his suspicion that he was a failure of a husband. Filled with humor, and hard-luck characters you can’t help but love, heart, Everybody’s Fool is a crowning achievement from one of the great storytellers of our time.

. Vintage. Meanwhile, the irrepressible sully has come into a small fortune, but is suddenly faced with a VA cardiologist’s estimate that he only has a year or two left to live. As sully frantically works to keep the bad news from the important people in his life, we are reunited with his son and grandson.


That Old Cape Magic: A Novel Vintage Contemporaries

Great product! How in the world could this have happened? by turns hilarious, rueful, That Old Cape Magic is a profoundly involving novel about marriage, and uplifting, family, and all the other ties that bind. Vintage Books USA. Vintage. For griffin, all memories, all paths, converge at Cape Cod. The cape is where he took his childhood summer vacations, where he and his wife, Joy, where they decided he’d leave his LA screenwriting job to become a college professor, honeymooned, and where they celebrated the marriage of their daughter Laura’s best friend.

But when their beloved laura’s wedding takes place a year later, Griffin is caught between chauffeuring his mother’s and father’s ashes in two urns and contending with Joy and her large, unruly family. Both he and she have also brought dates along. Vintage.


Vintage. Dallas younger, losing money, a star athlete in high school, and, now drifts from tavern to poker game, inevitably, another set of false teeth. Vintage Books USA. Great product! Out of derailed ambitions and old loves, he has created a richly plotted, secret hatreds and communal myths, densely populated, and wonderfully written novel that captures every nuance of America's backyard.

Vintage. Mohawk, new york, is one of those small towns that lie almost entirely on the wrong side of the tracks. His ex-wife, anne, is stuck in a losing battle with her mother over the care of her sick father. And their son, randall, is deliberately neglecting his school work--because in a place like Mohawk it doesn't pay to be too smart.

In mohawk, richard russo, pulitzer Prize-winning author, explores these lives with profound compassion and flint-hard wit. Its citizens, too, have fallen on hard times.

The Risk Pool

His mother, jenny, is slowly going crazy from resentment at a husband who refuses either to stay or to stay away. Vintage Books USA. Vintage. Vintage. Vintage. In the traditions of thornton wilder and anne Tyler, The Risk Pool was hailed by The New York Times as “…superbly original and maliciously funny. A wonderfully funny, new york, where ned hall is doing his best to grow up, perceptive novel The Risk Pool is set in Mohawk, even though neither of his estranged parents can properly be called adult.

His father, sam, cultivates bad habits so assiduously that he is stuck at the bottom of his auto insurance risk pool. Russo proves himself a master at evoking the sights, feelings, and smells of a town. Great product! As ned veers between allegiances to these grossly inadequate role models, Richard Russo gives us a book that overflows with outsized characters and outlandish predicaments and whose vision of family is at once irreverent and unexpectedly moving.


Dear Committee Members

Great product! . Vintage Books USA. His department is facing draconian cuts and squalid quarters, while one floor above them the Economics Department is getting lavishly remodeled offices. His star he thinks student can't catch a break with his brilliant he thinks work Accountant in a Bordello, based on Melville's Bartleby.

His once-promising writing career is in the doldrums, as is his romantic life, in part as the result of his unwise use of his private affairs for his novels. A best book of the year:  npr and Boston Globe Finally a novel that puts the "pissed" back into "epistolary. Jason fitger is a beleaguered professor of creative writing and literature at Payne University, a small and not very distinguished liberal arts college in the midwest.

Vintage. In short, low spirits, and the vehicle this droll and inventive novel uses to tell that tale is a series of hilarious letters of recommendation that Fitger is endlessly called upon by his students and colleagues to produce, his life is a tale of woe, each one of which is a small masterpiece of high dudgeon, and passive-aggressive strategies.

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Chances Are . . .: A novel

Great product! . Anchor Books. Vintage. They couldn't have been more different then, Teddy a tiny-press publisher, or even today--Lincoln's a commercial real estate broker, and Mickey a musician beyond his rockin' age. Now, more than forty years later, as this new weekend unfolds, three lives are displayed in their entirety while the distant past confounds the present like a relentless squall of surprise and discovery.

. Is a stunning demonstration of a highly acclaimed author deepening and expanding his remarkable achievement. Vintage. Shot through with Russo's trademark comedy and humanity, Chances Are. From the pulitzer prize-winning author of Empire Falls comes a new revelation: a riveting story about the abiding yet complex power of friendship.

One beautiful september day, three men convene on Martha's Vineyard, friends ever since meeting in college circa the sixties. Vintage. But each man holds his own secrets, in addition to the monumental mystery that none of them has ever stopped puzzling over since a Memorial Day weekend right here on the Vineyard in 1971: the disappearance of the woman each of them loved--Jacy Calloway.

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Bridge of Sighs: A Novel Vintage Contemporaries

Bridge of sighs, from the beloved pulitzer Prize-winning author of Empire Falls, is a moving novel about small-town America that expands Russo's widely heralded achievement in ways both familiar and astonishing. Vintage. In fact, the exact nature of their friendship is one of the many mysteries Lucy hopes to untangle in the “history” he’s writing of his hometown and family.

Vintage. Lucy's oldest friend, once a rival for his wife's affection, leads a life in Venice far removed from Thomaston. Vintage. This moving novel follows louis charles Lynch “Lucy” as he and his wife of forty years are about to embark on a vacation to Italy. Lucy is sixty years old and has spent his entire life in Thomaston, New York.

And with his story interspersed with that of noonan, constantly surprising, too are relentless, the destinies building up around both of them and Sarah, the native son who’d fled so long ago, and utterly revealing. Anchor Books. Yet it was her shrewdness, combined with that lynch optimism, that had propelled them years ago to the right side of the tracks and created an “empire” of convenience stores about to be passed on to the next generation.

Vintage Books USA. Like his late, beloved father, though he’s had plenty of reasons not to be—chief among them his mother, Lucy is an optimist, still indomitably alive.

Trajectory: Stories Vintage Contemporaries

Vintage Books USA. Voice” gives us a semiretired academic who is conned by his estranged brother into joining a group tour of the Venice Biennale. Vintage. Vintage. Vintage. The characters in these four expansive stories are a departure from the blue-collar denizens that populate so many of Richard Russo’s novels; and all are bound together by parallel moments of reckoning with their pasts.

Great product! Anchor Books. And “milton and marcus” takes us into a lapsed novelist’s attempt to rekindle his screenwriting career—a career that depends wholly, at a crucial moment, on two Hollywood icons one living, one dead. In “intervention, ” a realtor facing a serious medical prognosis finds himself in his late father’s shadow.

In “horseman, ” a young professor confronts an undergraduate plagiarist—as well as her own regrets. Shot through with russo’s inimitable humor, wisdom, and surprise, Trajectory is the work of a masterful writer continuing to discover new heights. Vintage.