Everybody's Fool

Everybody's Fool

Book - 2016 | First edition
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"A best-selling and beloved author, at the very top of his game, now returns to North Bath, in upstate New York, and the characters who made Nobody's Fool, his third novel, his first great success. The irresistible Sully, who in the intervening years has come by some unexpected good fortune, is now staring down a VA cardiologist's estimate that he only has a year or two left, and he's busy as hell keeping the news from the most important people in his life: Ruth, the married woman he carried on with for years ... the ultra-hapless Rub Squeers, who worries that he and Sully aren't still best friends. Sully's son and grandson, for whom he was mostly an absentee figure. Doug Raymer, now Chief of Police and still obsessing over the identity of the man his wife might have been having an affair with before she died in a freak accident. Bath's mayor, the former academic Gus Moynihan, who also has a pressing wife problems and then there's Carl Roebuck, whose lifelong run of failing upwards might now come to ruin. Everybody's Fool is filled with humor, heart, hard times, and characters who you can't help but love for all their faults. It is classic Russo and a crowning achievement from one of the greatest storytellers of our time"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2016
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780307270641
Characteristics: 477 pages ; 25 cm


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Jul 30, 2018

Russo has a positively wicked sense of humor, and his wit is deeply biting - the characters are absurdly but profoundly human, just around the boundary of belief. Does a tree fall on the vanload of stolen merchandise that you had to leave stranded in a snowstorm, or do you consider exhuming the grave into which you dropped the garage door opener of your late wife's lover? These, and real-estate frauds, and smuggling of exotic snakes, lightning strikes and raw sewage leaks and much more await the reader...

Feb 26, 2018

Author has a good grasp of blue collar dialogue and he uses it well to advance the plot. The setting is Bath, a backwater town in upstate New York. Narrative follows various characters such as Sully, Police Chief Raymer, Ruth and Charice that are well-developed and create complex sub-plots that keep the story moving. A building collapsing, an escaped cobra, an electrical storm, a fire are just some of the events the author interweaves with style and humor into an unbelievable story that is strangely believing and mesmerizing.

Oct 01, 2017

The writing in this book seemed to me to be a mishmash of John Irving, Joseph Heller and Kurt Vonnegut. There is absurd theater in the lives of several small town residents. The residents themselves are in reality in pretty bad shape - criminals, alcoholics, victims of domestic violence - but the book distracts from this through the portrayal of the individuals in a way that makes you feel compassion for the characters.

Jul 29, 2017

I loved this book. The first half was a bit slow but the second half kept me on the edge of my seat. Interesting characters, well flushed out, and dry humor throughout. Surprised by the critical comments.

Jan 24, 2017

While I enjoyed Nobody's Fool, revisiting this world was a tedious read. Russo moved the characters around in predictable ways, relying on old and obvious tricks to evoke humor and meaning that were not earned. If these characters were as tiresome for him as they were for me, perhaps Nobody's Fool was enough.

JCLMELODYK Oct 21, 2016

In the tradition of Peter Dexter and Richard Ford, Russo gives us the middle age man who is a hot mess. Humorous and tender. I heard his first Sully Sullivan novel was even better.

Jul 15, 2016

The continuation of life in Bath with Sully and other characters carried over from Nobody's Fool. What a great writer Mr. Russo is, such a pleasure to read. If you have not read Nobody's Fool, make sure you do before venturing to Everybody's Fool.

Jun 10, 2016

I loved Nobody's Fool, and had actually read that in 2015. I was delighted to hear that a sequel was available. I snapped it up right away, while the characters of North Bath still resonated in my brain.
I know, there's a 'but' coming. And here it is: I wanted to love this book. Oh how I did. However, I did not find myself as immersed as I was in the first book. Sully has aged, and have a lot of the players in the first book, of course. Because of this, there is less of a focus on these characters, and more so, on marginal ones of the first, and some new ones. I, sadly, did not find them as engaging this time around. The wryness is still there, and it is a tonic to the book. I wanted to be engaged, but as the book took more tangents with less interesting characters, I found myself wondering why I wasn't more riveted. The fact was, with 'Nobody' Sully was unmistakeably the main, flawed, warts and all, character. This time round, Russo has peopled the book with more diverse swathe of people - I think it made the book less focused and, sadly, less readable. For me, Empire Falls was the high water mark. Classic reader lament: why couldn't it be more like . . . enter title of reader's favorite book by that author!


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