Somebody's Fool


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$29.00  $26.97
Knopf Publishing Group
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6.4 X 9.3 X 1.5 inches | 1.75 pounds

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About the Author

RICHARD RUSSO is the author of nine novels, most recently Chances Are..., Everybody's Fool and That Old Cape Magic; two collections of stories; and the memoir Elsewhere. In 2002 he received the Pulitzer Prize for Empire Falls, which, like Nobody's Fool, won multiple awards for its screen adaptation, and in 2023 his novel Straight Man was adapted into the television series Lucky Hank. In 2017, he received France's Grand Prix de Littérature Américaine. He lives in Port­land, Maine.


"Sumptuous, spirited . . . Regarding North Bath, Richard Russo saved his best for last . . . [Russo] paints a shining fresco of a working-class community, warts and all, a 30-year project come to fruition in this last, best book." --The New York Times

"Another instant classic, filled with Russo's witty dialogue and warm understanding of human foibles." --People Magazine

"The 'Fool' books nail that small town vibe, where everybody thinks they know everybody's else's business, and more importantly, cares about what happens to their neighbors . . . Fans of the previous two novels will enjoy reconnecting with familiar characters, from Ruth and her daughter Janay and granddaughter Tina, to Doug Raymer, no longer North Bath's police chief and he-hopes-still-his-girlfriend Charice." -The Associated Press

"Russo's latest book has an engaging plot that sensitively and insightfully explores themes of grief and reconciliation . . . the relationships between the characters give this story an emotional depth that has an undeniable appeal." --Library Journal

"A wise and witty drama of small-town life . . . delivering the generous humor, keen ear for dialogue, and deep appreciation for humanity's foibles that have endeared the author to his readers for decades. Though Sully is gone, his world is alive and well." -Publishers Weekly

"Russo's version of the good old-fashioned comic novel is the gold standard, full of heart and dexterous storytelling." --Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"Russo's beguiling art is the mastery of cloaking complex human emotions and conflicts in surprisingly simple guises, and he brings depths of pathos and wisdom to this Everyman microcosm by challenging its citizens in unlikely ways, only to have them emerge whole and even heroic. There have never been fools in Russo's world, just lovely, relatable people navigating foolish situations." --Booklist (starred review)