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Nobody's Fool by Richard Russo
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May 08, 08

bookshelves: four-star-fiction, all-fiction, america
Read in May, 2008

Richard Russo is a god! Okay, well, maybe only a demigod, but he's a literary deity for sure. He's the only author I know of who can write a story where nothing much of anything happens and yet it's so enjoyable to read. He's created his own genre---"dying small towns in northeastern U.S." He creates the most vivid, real characters of any author I've read. He also has a sneaky, quirky sense of humor that I love.

Nobody's Fool centers on Sully, a sixty-year-old lovable ne'er-do-well who can never quite seem to follow through on his good intentions. You can't help but love him, and the cast of odd characters surrounding him, as they blunder through their daily lives.

"You missed what you didn't have far more than you appreciated what you did have. It was for this reason he'd always felt that owning things was overrated. All you were doing was alleviating the disappointment of not owning them."

"It was a scary thought. A man could be surrounded by poetry reading and not know it."
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“It was a scary thought. A man could be surrounded by poetry reading and not know it.”
Richard Russo, Nobody's Fool


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