Books by Richard Russo

EVERYBODY'S FOOL by Richard Russo
Released: May 3, 2016

"Russo hits his trademark trifecta: satisfying, hilarious, and painlessly profound."
A sequel to the great Nobody's Fool (1993) checks in on the residents of poor old North Bath, New York, 10 years later. Read full book review >
ELSEWHERE by Richard Russo
Released: Nov. 14, 2012

"An affecting yet never saccharine glimpse of the relationship among place, family and fiction."
The celebrated best-selling novelist recalls his late mother's powerful, often frustrating influence on his life and work. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 5, 2010

"Any reader will likely discover a new favorite writer here, or more."
Even by the consistently high standards of the venerable annual, this one's a treat. Read full book review >
THAT OLD CAPE MAGIC by Richard Russo
Released: Aug. 6, 2009

"Readable, as always with this agreeable and gifted author."
A change of pace from Pulitzer-winning author Russo (Bridge of Sighs, 2007, etc.). Read full book review >
BRIDGE OF SIGHS by Richard Russo
Released: Oct. 1, 2007

"Rich, confounding and absorbing—utterly irresistible."
A dying town symbolizes arcs separately traced by people who abandon it and others who stubbornly stay home, believing change must be for the best, in Russo's (The Whore's Child: and Other Stories, 2005, etc.) crowded sixth novel. Read full book review >
THE WHORE’S CHILD by Richard Russo
Released: July 16, 2002

"There may be more important writers around, but none is more likable, or more dependably entertaining and rewarding, than Russo."
Readers who loved such a roomy, generously plotted, and detailed novel the Pulitzer-winning Empire Falls (2001) won't be able to resist this first collection of seven stories by the Maine novelist. Read full book review >
EMPIRE FALLS by Richard Russo
Released: May 22, 2001

"A little like Jon Hassler's engaging Minnesota fiction and Thomas Williams's New Hampshire-Gothic Whipple's Castle—and very much the crowning achievement of Russo's remarkable career."
The life of a small southern-central Maine town is memorably laid bare in Russo's splendid fifth novel—every bit as reader-friendly and satisfying as its predecessors (Straight Man, 1997, etc.). Read full book review >
STRAIGHT MAN by Richard Russo
Released: July 1, 1997

"Besides, how can you not like a writing prof who counsels an overzealous student to Always understate necrophilia?"
A gloriously funny and involving fourth novel from the author of such comfortable-as-old-shoes fictions as Mohawk (1986) and Nobody's Fool (1993). Read full book review >
NOBODY'S FOOL by Richard Russo
Released: June 1, 1993

"He leaves the impression of a writer who has reached a plateau but is unwilling or unable to move on."
Set in upstate New York like its predecessors (Mohawk, 1986; The Risk Pool, 1988), Russo's third is a slice of small-town life: thick slice, big cast, much bustle, but no storyline, no climax, no epiphanies. Read full book review >
THE RISK POOL by Richard Russo
Released: Nov. 10, 1988

"Self-consciously written as an old-fashioned novel, the book creates a time and place with gusto and, by its end, manages to move us."
The author of the well-received first novel Mohawk (1986), a long soap opera set in a decaying mill town in upstate New York, here returns to that setting with a father-son drama that spans several decades. Read full book review >
MOHAWK by Richard Russo
Released: Sept. 16, 1986

"For those idle hours between daytime soaps."
Soapy first novel about life, love, passion, and perversion in a decaying mill-town in upstate New York (Mohawk by name). Read full book review >