Everybody'S Fool: A Novel

Richard Russo

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A New York Times 2016 Notable Book

An immediate national best seller and instant classic from the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Empire Falls.Richard Russo returns to North Batha town where dishonesty abounds, everyone misapprehends everyone else and half the citizens are half-crazy (The New York Times)and the characters who made Nobodys Fool a beloved choice of book clubs everywhere.Everybodys Fool is classic Russo, filled with humor, heart, hard times, and people you cant help but love, possibly because their various faults make them so human.


Everybodys Fool picks up roughly a decade since we were last with Miss Beryl and Sully on New Year's Eve 1984. The irresistible Sully, who in the intervening years has come by some unexpected good fortune, is staring down a VA cardiologists estimate that he has only a year or two left, and its 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 arentstillbest friends . . . Sullys son and grandson, for whom he was mostly an absentee figure (and now a regretful one). We also enjoy the company of Doug Raymer, the chief of police whos obsessing primarily over the identity of the man his wife mightve been about to run off with,beforedying in a freak accident . . . Baths mayor, the former academic Gus Moynihan, whose wife problems are, if anything, even more pressing . . . and then theres Carl Roebuck, whose lifelong run of failing upward might now come to ruin. And finally, theres Charice Bonda light at the end of the tunnel that is Chief Raymers officeas well as her brother, Jerome, who might well be the train barreling into the station.

A crowning achievementlike hopping on the last empty barstool surrounded by old friends (Entertainment Weekly)from one of the greatest storytellers of our time.

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