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Richard Russo

USA flag (b.1949)

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.

Genres: Literary Fiction
Series contributed to
Anthologies edited
   The Book of Eros (1995) (with Lily Pond)
Non fiction
Pulitzer Prize for Fiction Best Book winner (2002) : Empire Falls
Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize for Comic Writing Best Book nominee (2017) : Everybody's Fool

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Jean Thompson
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The King of Limbo and Other Stories (2001)
Adrianne Harun
"Magical... Adrianne Harun possesses the rare ability to see the world at an odd tilt that makes everything appear new, at times even to shimmer."
The Miss America Family (2002)
Julianna Baggott
"... a writer after my own heart."
Jamesland (2003)
Michelle Huneven
"Michelle Huneven is a writer of extraordinary and thrilling talent, and JAMESLAND is a marvel."
The Anxiety of Everyday Objects (2004)
Aurelie Sheehan
"Exudes charm at every pore. Even better, its stylish, breezy exterior belies unexpected emotional depth."
What To Wear To See The Pope (2004)
Christine Lehner
"Perhaps the most haunting, idiosyncratic, gleefully subversive, and satisfying story collection I've read since Isak Dinesen's Seven Gothic Tales."
Between Two Rivers (2004)
Nicholas Rinaldi
"Between Two Rivers is a masterpiece, a book that will take your breath away."
The Garden Angel (2004)
Mindy Friddle
"Mindy Friddle has a great comic touch and her novel is a touching, heartfelt debut."
Solos (2004)
Kitty Burns Florey
"Utterly engrossing."
Tenney's Landing (2005)
Catherine Tudish
"The women of Tenney's Landing are the sort I'm always wishing I'd meet more often in real life - smart, large-hearted, soulful, brave."
The Western Limit of the World (2005)
David Masiel
"A harrowing, riveting read that transcends its thriller genre without undermining it. Bravo."
American Wife (2008)
Curtis Sittenfeld
"Curtis Sittenfeld is an amazing writer, and American Wife is a brave and moving novel about the intersection of private and public life in America. Ambitious and humble at the same time, Sittenfeld refuses to trivialize or simplify people, whether real or imagined."
Leaving Rock Harbor (2010)
Rebecca Chace
"An irresistible read in part because its protagonist, Frankie Ross, seduces us on the first page and never surrenders our affection, but also because fictional Rock Harbor feels as real as she does."
Father of the Rain (2010)
Lily King
"One of the most richly satisfying and haunting novels I've read in a long time."
Arcadia (2012)
Lauren Groff
"Richly peopled and ambitious and oh, so lovely, Lauren Groff's Arcadia is one of the most moving and satisfying novels I've read in a long time. It's not possible to write any better without showing off."
The Cove (2012)
Ron Rash
"Ron Rash is a writer of both the darkly beautiful and the sadly true. The Cove solidifies his reputation as one of our very finest novelists."
Beautiful Ruins (2012)
Jess Walter
"Why mince words? Beautiful Ruins is an absolute masterpiece."
The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley (2017)
Hannah Tinti
"A father/daughter road trip you won't soon forget."
Long Black Veil (2017)
Jennifer Finney Boylan
"This is Boylan's best book. It's one of the most eloquent pleas for empathy and moral imagination I've ever encountered."
The World of Tomorrow (2017)
Brendan Mathews
"What a beguiling debut Brendan Mathews has given us in The World of Tomorrow clever, smart, ambitious, richly textured, and moving."
The Story of Arthur Truluv (2017)
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Elizabeth Berg
"I don't know if I've ever read a more affecting book about the natural affinity between the young and the elderly than Elizabeth Berg's The Story of Arthur Truluv. It makes the rest of us - strivers and preeners and malcontents - seem almost irrelevant."
The Immortalists (2018)
Chloe Benjamin
"The very best kind of literary thriller."
The Maze at Windermere (2018)
Gregory Blake Smith
"A dazzling high-wire act. I turned every page with a sense of wonder and excitement."
The Return of Kid Cooper (2018)
Brad Smith
"Brad Smith is a writer with lots of skill, lots of heart, [and] lots of brains."
My Ex-Life (2018)
Stephen McCauley
"My Ex-Life is a rich, yet delicate ragout of wonderfully vivid characters, hilarious dialogue, and spot-on cultural criticism. It satisfies on every level."
The Last Cruise (2018)
Kate Christensen
"In The Last Cruise Kate Christensen has given us a smart literary thriller whose ambitions extend well beyond its genre. It’s terrifying in ways you don’t expect."
Elsey Come Home (2019)
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"What a quirky little gem of a book Susan Conley has written. I’m still trying to figure out how she created a character so seemingly lost to herself without losing me in the process. There’s genuine alchemy here."
Pickle's Progress (2019)
Marcia Butler
"The four main characters in Pickle's Progress seem more alive than most of the people we know in real life because their fears and desires are so nakedly exposed."
The Most Fun We Ever Had (2019)
Claire Lombardo
"In The Most Fun We Ever Had Claire Lombardo has given us a truly unforgettable American family. The book bristles on every page with intelligence and fierce wit. What a debut!"
Shuggie Bain (2020)
Douglas Stuart
"There’s no way to fake the life experience that forms the bedrock of Douglas Stuart’s wonderful Shuggie Bain. No way to fake the talent either. Shuggie will knock you sideways."
Radio Life (2021)
Derek B Miller
"Sure Derek Miller's novels are smart and full of heart and savvy . . . he's as dedicated as any writer I know to the proposition that readers should enjoy themselves, should delight in the experience of life and language. If our hearts get broken along the way, so much the better."

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