Sully 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 important people in his life: Ruth, the married woman he carried on with for years...the ultra-hapless Rub Squeers, who worries that he and Sully aren't still best friends...Sully's son and grandson, for whom he was mostly an absentee figure (and now a regretful one).
"Brilliant, hilarious, long-awaited sequel!"
Divorced from his own wife and carrying on halfheartedly with another man's, saddled with a bum knee and friends who make enemies redundant, Sully now has one new problem to cope with: a long-estranged son who is in imminent danger of following in his father's footsteps. With its sly and uproarious humor and a heart that embraces humanity's follies as well as its triumphs, Nobody's Fool is storytelling at its most generous.
"Wonderful Book Fabulous Narrator"
Russo's protagonist is William Henry Devereaux, Jr., the reluctant chairman of the English department of a badly underfunded college in the Pennsylvania rust belt. In the course of a single week, Devereaux will have his nose mangled by an angry colleague, imagine his wife is having an affair with his dean, wonder if a curvaceous adjunct is trying to seduce him with peach pits, and threaten to execute a goose on local television.
"one of my favorite books"
Dexter County, Maine, and specifically the town of Empire Falls, has seen better days, and for decades, in fact, only a succession from bad to worse. One by one, its logging and textile enterprises have gone belly-up, and the once vast holdings of the Whiting clan (presided over by the last scion’s widow) now mostly amount to decrepit real estate. The working classes, meanwhile, continue to eke out whatever meager promise isn’t already boarded up. Miles Roby gazes over this ruined kingdom from the Empire Grill, an opportunity of his youth that has become the albatross of his life.
Russo's characters in these four expansive stories bear little similarity to the blue-collar citizens we're familiar with from many of his novels.
Anyone familiar with Richard Russo's acclaimed novels will recognize Gloversville, once famous for producing that eponymous product and anything else made of leather. This is where the author grew up, the only son of an aspirant mother and a charming, feckless father who were born into this close-knit community. But by the time of his childhood in the 1950s, prosperity was inexorably being replaced by poverty and illness (often tannery-related), with everyone barely scraping by under a very low horizon.
"Elsewhere---but not far enough"
Louis Charles ("Lucy") Lynch has spent all his 60 years in upstate Thomaston, New York, married to the same woman, Sarah, for 40 of them, their son now a grown man. Like his late, beloved father, Lucy is an optimist, though he's had plenty of reasons not to be: chief among them his mother, still indomitably alive.
That Old Cape Magic is a novel of deep introspection and every family feeling imaginable, with a middle-aged man confronting his parents and their failed marriage, his own troubled one, his daughter's new life and, finally, what it was he thought he wanted and what in fact he has.
"What you buy Russo books for...."
Miles Roby har langet burgere over disken i Empire Grill i tyve år, og derfra kan han se ned ad hovedgaden i den engang så driftige industriby Empire Falls og fornemme byens puls, som nu slår meget langsomt. For Whiting-familien, der ejer fabrikkerne og det meste andet på egnen, har flyttet produktionen væk fra byen, og det har skruet livet i Empire Falls ned på vågeblus.Så det er bekymrede kunder, der letter deres hjerte over for Miles - som har sine helt egne problemer.
"It's all Greek to me!"
This audio presentation of the Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction is a super-duper triple issue, comprising ten key selections (most of the contents, actually) of FSF's September issue and the forthcoming double October/November issue.
"A bountiful selection of scifi and fantasy."
A cynical Hollywood moviemaker confronts his dead wife’s lover and abruptly realizes the depth of his own passion. As his parents’ marriage disintegrates, a precocious fifth-grader distracts himself with meditations on baseball, spaghetti, and his place in the universe. And in the title story, an elderly nun enters a college creative writing class and plays havoc with its tidy notions of fact and fiction. The Whore’s Child is further proof that Russo is one of the finest writers we have.
"Worth the Download"
The third cyberthriller featuring Lt. Frank Carlucci from Philip K. Dick Award-winning author Richard Paul Russo. In a future, gritty San Francisco, Lieutenant Frank Carlucci is drawn into an investigation surrounding the disappearance of his daughter's friend. As Carlucci digs deeper, the corruption and decay he finds is nothing compared to a final horror that could have devastating implications: A secret known only as Cancer Cell.
In the mid twenty-first century San Francisco, a group of corpses is found chained together on the bottom of the bay. Retired police officer Louis Tanner must find the killer among a city full of serial murderers, cyborgs, and street-wise kids. This first book in the Carlucci series introduces famed police lieutenant Frank Carlucci.
Pulitzer Prize-winning author Russo's skillful use of dialogue perfectly suits the audio medium. A wonderfully fun and perceptive novel in the traditions of Thornton Wilder and Anne Tyler, The Risk Pool is set in Mohawk, New York, where Ned Hall is doing his best to grow up, even though neither of his estranged parents can properly be called an adult.
"A delightful journey"
Strong female protagonists grace this collection of passionate stories dedicated to mothers, daughters, wives, and lovers. A woman splurges on an irresistible coat that becomes her; a feisty teenager who has grown up as her activist mother¿s poster-child realizes the strength of her own convictions; and a young peasant woman saved from drowning is suddenly drawn to her rescuer and hopeful about her life.
Carlucci's Edge brings to life a chilling scenario in the bleak urban landscape that is twenty-first-century San Francisco and marks the return of Lt. Frank Carlucci, first seen in Destroying Angel. The San Francisco Police Department is stonewalling seemingly unrelated murder investigations, and Carlucci is determined to find out why. His unauthorized investigation leads him to an insidious black market run by top political officials.
William Henry Devereaux Jr. er professor og modvillig bestyrer af engelskinstituttet, ved et mindre universitet i Pennsylvania. Hans modvillighed skyldes, dels hans karakter - han er den fødte anarkist - dels den kendsgerning, at hans kolleger på instituttet stort set alle er i krig med hinanden og også med ham.I løbet af en enkelt uge går Devereaux’ tilværelse amok: Han får sin næse skamferet af en vred kollega, han forestiller sig, at hans kone har en affære med dekanen, en yngre kollega forsøger at forføre ham med en fersken, og han truer på tv med at henrette en af universitetsparkens gæs dag-ligt, indtil ledelsen giver ham et acceptabelt budget. Alt dette mens han prøver at forlige sig med sin skørtejagende og fraværende far, sin datters pludselige trang til skilsmisse og det foruroligende svigt af nogle vitale kropsfunktioner.
Jean Russo was a single mother in the 1950s, badly paid and living with her parents in Gloversville, New York, a dead-end town whose heyday as the hub of the leather-goods industry was just a distant memory. ‘You are getting out of Gloversville’ was her mantra throughout Richard’s high school years. And when he finally made his intrepid escape from the family home on Helwig Street - fleeing to a far-flung college in a banger nicknamed The Gray Death - Jean saw her chance of a better life elsewhere.