Everybody's Fool Hardcover – 5 Jan 2017
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[T]he roguish, ragtag residents of North Bath, New York, still prove a diverting lot, even if you've not previously made their acquaintance...there's never a dull moment as the tragi-farcical events gradually snowball, with lightning strikes, an escaped cobra and attempted murder along the way. * Daily Mail * A delightful return . . . to a town where dishonesty abounds, everyone misapprehends everyone else and half the citizens are half-crazy. It's a great place for a reader to visit, and it seems to be Russo's spiritual home. * New York Times * The Fool books represent an enormous achievement, creating a world as richly detailed as the one we step into each day of our lives. . . . Sully in particular emerges as one of the most credible and engaging heroes in recent American fiction. -- T.C. Boyle * New York Times Book Review * A madcap romp, weaving mystery, suspense and comedy in a race to the final pages. * Wall Street Journal * Richard Russo can write like Edith Wharton leavened with a touch of David Lodge * The Economist * A writer of great comedy and warmth, Russo's living proof that a book can be profound and wise without aiming straight into darkness. * USA Today *
The great American master Richard Russo, at the very top of his game, returns to the characters who made Nobody's Fool (1993) a contemporary classic.See all Product description
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Everybody’s Fool begins about ten years after Nobody’s Fool ended and returns to Bath, which then as now is a run down community The story opens with the graveside service of a local judge. There is Douglas, Raymer who is now Bath’s chief of police and Sully. Raymer is still shocked by the accidental death of his wife, Becka, who left him a note saying she was leaving him for another man. Raymer had no clue that she was unfaithful, and he found a garage door opener in Becka’s car which didn’t open their garage. So, if he can find the garage that opens to that opener he’ll find Becka’s lover. And, if he does he’s not at all sure what he’ll do about it. This scene ends with Raymer fainting into the open grave.
Sully is 70 now and not quite the man he once was. His life’s burden has been lifted by inheriting the house of his landlady and former teacher when she dies and a financial bonus he never expected from his long dead abusive father. His long time affair with the owner of the local diner has turned into a convivial friendship even including her husband. But all is not rosy as Sully has learned he has heart disease and his time on Earth is limited.
Additional characters met in Nobody’s Fool return as well as some new ones. The book covers only a two day period of time yet holds enough surprises and unanticipated events to fill a volume. Once again Russo writes winningly about friendship, love and families; it is a story you wish would never end.
Mark Bramhall delivers an extraordinary reading that brings each of the characters to full life, and that is not an easy task.
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While it might help to read "Nobody's" first giving a bit of useful background to the characters,everybody's...Read more