Richard Russo





Richard Russo

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in Johnstown, New York, The United States
July 15, 1949

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Richard Russo (born July 15, 1949) is a Pulitzer Prize-winning American novelist. Born in Johnstown, New York, and raised in nearby Gloversville, he earned a B.A. (1967), a M.F.A. (1980), and a Ph.D. (1979) from the University of Arizona.



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November 2012, Richard Russo
"In his first memoir, Elsewhere, the novelist writes about how his vivacious but volatile mother and his small hometown of Gloversville have shaped his career." ...More

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“And there comes a time in your life when you realize that if you don't take the opportunity to be happy, you may never get another chance again.”
Richard Russo, Empire Falls

“What if all everybody needed in the world was to be sure of one friend? What if you were the one, and you refused to say those simple words?”
Richard Russo, Empire Falls

“After all, what was the whole wide world but a place for people to yearn for their heart's impossible desires, for those desires to become entrenched in defiance of logic, plausibility, and even the passage of time, as eternal as polished marble. ”
Richard Russo, Empire Falls

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