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This review is from: The Risk Pool (Paperback)
Richard Russo writes with a prose that is realistic, engaging and ultimately enjoyable. Much like "Nobodys Fool" and "Straight man" he fuses humor and his unique perspective on life into a highly descriptive, light-hearted, fast paced package of a book. Risk Pool relays the story and thoughts of a ten year old boy growing up in a small midwest town in the 50's. The story follows Ned, the main character, through his life reflecting on the impact that his relationship with his previously absent father and slightly disturbed mother have had on him. Once again Russo has managed to create characters who are intriguing, humorous and utterly realistic. The story itself tends to be a little bittersweet (both sweet and bitter, bitter and sweet) by the final chapter but satisfying none the less.