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Richard Russo


USA flag (1949 - )

Richard Russo lives in Camden, Maine with his wife and two daughters. He is the author (and co-screenwriter) of Nobody's Fool which was made into a major film starring Paul Newman. Film rights to his latest novel Empire Falls have also been bought.
 
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Anthologies edited
The Book of Eros (1995) (with Lily Pond)
 
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Awards
Pulitzer Prize for Fiction Best Book winner (2002) : Empire Falls


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Wide Blue Yonder
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The King of Limbo and Other Stories
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
The Miss America Family (2002)
Julianna Baggott
"... a writer after my own heart."
Jamesland
Jamesland (2003)
Michelle Huneven
"Michelle Huneven is a writer of extraordinary and thrilling talent, and JAMESLAND is a marvel."
The Anxiety of Everyday Objects
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
Between Two Rivers (2004)
Nicholas Rinaldi
"Between Two Rivers is a masterpiece, a book that will take your breath away."
The Garden Angel
The Garden Angel (2004)
Mindy Friddle
"Mindy Friddle has a great comic touch and her novel is a touching, heartfelt debut."

Solos (2004)
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"Utterly engrossing."
Tenney's Landing
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
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)
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"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."

Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter (2010)
Tom Franklin
"A very fine novel indeed."

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)
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"Why mince words? Beautiful Ruins is an absolute masterpiece."

The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley (2017)
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"A father/daughter road trip you won't soon forget."

Long Black Veil (2017)
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"This is Boylan's best book. It's one of the most eloquent pleas for empathy and moral imagination I've ever encountered. "

The Story of Arthur Truluv (2017)
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"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."


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