Richard Russo

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RICHARD RUSSO is the author of seven previous novels; two collections of stories; and Elsewhere, a memoir. In 2002 he received the Pulitzer Prize for Empire Falls, which like Nobody’s Fool was adapted to film, in a multiple-award-winning HBO miniseries.

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Richard Russo Dear Diane--

I have special affection for Straight Man, too, but mostly because it was by far the easiest of all my novels to write. I'd been storing u…more
Dear Diane--

I have special affection for Straight Man, too, but mostly because it was by far the easiest of all my novels to write. I'd been storing up academic lunacy stories for a good decade and they all just gushed out. As to my other novels, couple stand out not so much because of what's in them as where I was when I wrote them: The Risk Pool written as my father was dying, Empire Falls when my daughters were teenagers and I was terrified I wouldn't be able to protect them from the world's cruelties.(less)
Richard Russo I don't do much to prepare. No outline, little research. I'm not sure what you mean by world building, but I'm pretty sure I don't do it, at least not…moreI don't do much to prepare. No outline, little research. I'm not sure what you mean by world building, but I'm pretty sure I don't do it, at least not as preparation for writing. Mostly I just try to go slow, see and hear everything I'd see and hear if it was really happening and I was really there. Small bites. Chew thoroughly. Repeat.(less)
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“Ultimately, your theme will find you. You don't have to go looking for it.”
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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.”
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“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?”
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