In 1993 Random House published one of the best books I have had the pleasure reading, Nobody’s Fool, by Richard Russo. The story went on to be a blockbuster movie with Paul Newman playing Sully. Now decades later, Russo continues the story of the small New York town of loveable misfits, heroes, and villains with Everybody’s Fool. It was worth the wait. Revisiting Sully and the gang is sheer pleasure. Sully is surprised to find himself in funds, having won a lottery and inherited a house he no longer has to hustle for a dollar. He has other worries, his body, so able to go forever in his younger days, is failing. The docs at the VA say his heart won’t give him much more time without an operation, news Sully is keeping under wraps from his nearest and dearest. Rub is still Sully’s sidekick, but worried that he is being replaced by all the other guys wanting Sully’s time. Nor is he pleased that Sully chose to name his dog Rub, causing both man and canine to start when Sully calls. Carl Roebuck is still trying to lose his daddy’s fortune, and appears to be making some serious inroads in that direction. Doug Raymer is chief of police now, his mind occupied with trying to figure out who was his wife’s paramour before her untimely demise, an activity Charice, the whip-smart cop he keeps deskbound, wishes he would abandon. It feels good to spend time with these characters. Russo makes you laugh out loud at their antics, worry about their problems, and wish them well.— Deon Stonehouse
May 2016 Indie Next List
“While any new book from Richard Russo is a cause for celebration, to have one that revisits the characters from a beloved classic feels like a gift from the literary gods. Everybody's Fool returns to North Bath, New York, the setting for Russo's breakout novel from 1993, Nobody's Fool. No one writes better about the quirks, petty jealousies, hard times, humor, and heartbreak of small-town America. Everybody's Fool is good, old-fashioned storytelling at its finest!”
— Shawn Donley (E), Powell's Books, Inc, Portland, OR
National Bestseller and a New York Times 2016 Notable Book
In these pages, Richard Russo returns to North Bath, the Rust Belt town first brought to unforgettable life in Nobody’s Fool. Now, ten years later, Doug Raymer has become the chief of police and is tormented by the improbable death of his wife—not to mention his suspicion that he was a failure of a husband. Meanwhile, the irrepressible Sully has come into a small fortune, but is suddenly faced with a VA cardiologist’s estimate that he only has a year or two left to live.
As Sully frantically works to keep the bad news from the important people in his life, we are reunited with his son and grandson . . . with Ruth, the married woman with whom he carried on for years . . . and with the hapless Rub Squeers, who worries that he and Sully aren’t still best friends. Filled with humor, heart, and hard-luck characters you can’t help but love, Everybody’s Fool is a crowning achievement from one of the great storytellers of our time.
About the Author
Richard Russo is the author of seven previous novels; two collections of stories; and Elsewhere, a memoir. In 2002 he received the Pulitzer Prize for Empire Falls, which like Nobody’s Fool was adapted to film, in a multiple-award-winning HBO miniseries.
“A delightful return to form. . . . Irresistible. . . . Very funny. . . . A joy.” —The New York Times
“Profound and wise. . . . [Russo is] a writer of great comedy and warmth.” —USA Today
“Elegiac but never sentimental. . . . Russo’s compassionate heart is open to the sorrows, and yes, the foolishness of this lonely world, but also the humor, friendship and love that abide.” —San Francisco Chronicle
“For fans who’ve missed Sully and the gang, Everybody’s Fool is like hopping on the last empty barstool surrounded by old friends.” —Entertainment Weekly
“A delight.” —The Washington Post