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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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