The irresistible Sully, who in the intervening years has come by some unexpected good fortune, is staring down a VA cardiologist's estimate that he has only a year or two left, and it's hard work trying to keep this news from the most imp ...more
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The story is kind of catalog of how hard-scrabble folks look at their lives and deal with the bad cards they keep getting. From the blurbs for his other books “…friends who make enemies redundant.” And “those small towns that lie almost entirely on the wrong side of the tracks.” ...more
A number of years ago I read an article that talked about what a great writer Richard Russo was . I didn’t persue any of his books at that point, but when I came across Empire Falls, I remembered his name. I joined a newly formed book club at work and that was our first book. I fell in love with his writing with that moving, relevant story that takes place in a small fictitious town in Maine. It won the Pulitzer Prize in 2002, deservedly. I fell in love with all of his characters in all of the s ...more
This sequel to Nobody's Fool returns us to the blue collar town of Bath in upstate New York. A change in his circumstances from the previous book has made Donald Sullivan relatively prosperous with no need to work the kind of back breakin ...more
Sequels make me nervous. If I'm reading books featuring a regular character or a planned series, that's one thing, but I always worry when an author releases a follow-up, particularly if it's a book I loved. And when the sequel comes a long time after the original, I'm even more wary, because I can't help but wonder if the author will be able to capture the same magic they did originally.
Needless to say, I had a lot of trepidation when I heard that Richard Russo had writt ...more
Truth be told, it did take me a while to get back into the story again, and I would have liked more of Sully overall, but before long, I was hooked on Russo's writing and the kooky fun-loving characters from Nobody's Fool.
Get ready for plenty of laughs, a few crazy visits to the cemetery, and a scary prognosis. We also encounter a creepy psychopath, a vile, disgusting piec...more
To find out the answer to this existential question we need to return to North Bath, a serious contender for the Unluckiest City in America Award. It's been ten years since the events described in "Nobody's Fool" and little has changed apparently in this jinxed, destitute urbis. Sully, the protagonist of the first episode, has had a bit of personal luck in the financial department, but he has a new set of worries now that he is in his sixties: bore ...more
Twenty-two years may have passed since Russo wrote about Bath’s residents Sully and friends in “Nobody’s Fool,” and ten years may have passed for those same residents of Bath in literary time for Sully and friends, but it’s been mere months since I last visited Bath, New York, courtesy of Mr. Russo. I felt as if I had just stepped away for a spell when I returned to visit courtesy of “Everybody’s Fool.”
Nothing really happens in Bath that’s worthy of a news report to outsiders, there’s a funeral ...more
This is a follow-up to "Nobody's Fool" but the protagonists have enough backstory - and are so vividly depicted - that it can be read as a standalone. I found the story engaging, touching, and funny - filled with great characters and memorable scenes. The story revolves around Police Chief Douglas Raymer, who has a lot on his plate.
The story takes place in the down-on-its-luck town of North Bath in upstate New York. As the book opens, Chief of Police Douglas Raymer is attending the funeral of Ju ...more
This book has so many glowing reviews and after reading it I can see why!! I am a long time fan of Russo, my favorite book still being “Empire Falls”. For some reason the characters in that book just spoke to me at that particular time in my life. I did not read “Nobody’s Fool” so I wasn’t sure if I would be able to pick up the thread of the story.
I should not have worried. Mr. Russo so well describes his characters that I had no probl ...more
It took me a little while to get my head around who was who, especially since the novel has quite a few characters, but it's fast-paced and dialogue rich. Once I got my bearings, I was flying.
Although I'm a city girl through and through, I love reading books set in small towns.
The setting for this novel is North Bath, New York. It's a small, dormant t ...more
The title is totally spot on. Everyone in the book is a fool and this became very irritating. The humour ranges from distasteful (that poor dog!) to slap stick. I have never been able to laugh at people or animals being hurt.
On the one hand I can clearly see the author's talent and skill but at the same time I did not like the way he applie ...more
“Home”, in this case, is a place his readers have visited 12 years ago – a deadbeat town called Bath in upstate New York. In Nobody’s Fool, we first became acquainted with Sully, a down-and-out, down-on-his-luck, middle-aged son of an abusive father. Other ordinary, extraordinary characters – from Miss Beryl, his landlord/teacher to Carl, his landlord, and Ruth, his love in ...more
Wow, 18 1/2 hours of audio is a long book. And some of it is a rehash of the first book, Nobody's Fool, so the mind wanders. If it wasn't for the mix of every day, ordinary characters and the outright crazy bunch that inhabit North Bath, there would be nothing special about the book. My favorite remains Sully, a gruff old guy, getting up in years now and not exactly healthy, but compared to everyone else in town, he's heroic, iconic, and angelic. I kept wanting more of him!
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HILLDALE CEMETERY IN North Bath was cleaved right down the middle, its Hill and Dale sections divided by a two-lane macadam road, originally a colonial cart path. Death was not a thing unknown to the town’s first hearty residents, but they seemed to have badly misjudged how much of it there’d be, how much ground would be needed to accommodate those lost to harsh winters, violent encounters with savages and all manner of illness. Or was it life, their own fecundity, they’d miscalculated? Ironi...more
I'm not going to write a review because I know that I can't add anything to the discussion that hasn't already been presented by many of my good friends who read the book and have already written excellent reviews. So, with that said, I am off to read every one of them. I advise you to do the same if you haven't read the book or written your own review.
Even if you didn’t read that big-hearted novel, you probably saw the wonderful film version starring Paul Newman and Jessica Tandy — bot ...more
As evil Roy Purdy said, "Make the best plan you can and then see how it all works out." For the characters ...more
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Bath is like many small, rural towns that have lost their economic identities. There are some lucky people who are well enough employed, but they seem to be ou ...more