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'Nobody's Fool' by Richard Russo

‘Nobody's Fool' by Richard Russo
by Ken Raymond Published: October 6, 2013


Richard Russo


Russo didn't win the Pulit-

zer Prize in literature for “Nobody's Fool.” That honor came with a later novel, “Empire Falls.” But “Nobody's Fool” is perhaps Russo's most human book, a warmhearted examination of flawed people set in a small, snowy town in upstate New York. It's a story of fathers and sons, aspirations and failures, and the difference between well-off lives and lives well-lived. Mostly, though, it's the story of an aging, stubborn man with a bum knee, a dark past and a chance to see all his dreams come true. The writing is hilarious and beautiful, the characters fully developed. There are no real villains here, just the flaws that define us all.


“Empire Falls” and “Straight Man,” both by Russo; “Ironweed,” by William Kennedy; “Last Night in Twisted River,” by John Irving.

Ken Raymond, Book Editor

by Ken Raymond
Book Editor
Ken Raymond is the book editor. He joined The Oklahoman in 1999. He has won dozens of state, regional and national writing awards. Three times he has been named the state's "overall best" writer by the Society of Professional Journalists. In...
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