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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Hi, Zaina (if I'm intuiting your first name correctly). Flow, as you call it, derives (I suspect) from concentrating on small things and ignoring big ones. Novels (and even most short stories) are just too big to hold in your head at once. And even t See Full Answer
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A few writers do spring to mind, Mark. Howard Frank Mosher, to whom Everybody's Fool is dedicated, is one. His novels set in northern Vermont are terrific, and he has a wonderfully malicious sense of humor. And Kent Haruf's novels, every single one o See Full Answer
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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.”
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?”
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