Books by Richard Russo

THE DESTINY THIEF by Richard Russo
Released: May 8, 2018

"The only weakness with this book is the length. Please, sir, may we have some more?"
The Pulitzer Prize-winning author takes a break from fiction. Read full book review >
TRAJECTORY by Richard Russo
Released: May 2, 2017

"'Some writers have less fuel in the tank than others,' one of his characters laments, but Russo himself is chugging along just fine."
Four brief but potent and surprising tales of midlife crises from the ever dependable Russo (Everybody's Fool, 2016, etc.). Read full book review >
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 >