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Nobody's Fool by Richard Russo
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Jun 02, 11

bookshelves: fiction
Read in May, 2011 — I own a copy, read count: 1

Richard Russo's "Nobody's Fool" focuses on Donald "Sully" Sullivan, a man who has been making his own bull-headed way through life in fictional North Bath, NY for six decades. As the novel opens, Sully is entering a string of bad luck and worse decisions he terms one of his "stupid streaks," and he's working hard to ride it out.

It's not easy, however, as he's got a badly injured knee but can't collect disability, his landlady's son is scheming to get him evicted, his estranged son just showed up in town with marriage problems of his own, his boss won't pay him money he's owed, and the town itself may or may not be about to go down the tubes.

If that sounds like a recipe for a truly morose read, it isn't; Russo writes with wit and style and an ability to cast three dimensional characters, almost all of whom the reader comes to care for. And while things might work out for everybody or they might not, things are never truly dark, just difficult, and sometimes even funny. Like life.

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