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Richard Russo - Bridge ​of Sighs
Six ​years after the best-selling, Pulitzer Prize–winning Empire Falls, Richard Russo returns with a novel that expands even further his widely heralded achievement. Louis Charles (“Lucy”) Lynch has spent all his sixty years in upstate Thomaston, New York, married to the same woman, Sarah, for forty of them, their son now a grown man. Like his late, beloved father, Lucy is an optimist, though he’s had plenty of reasons not to be—chief among them his mother, still indomitably alive. Yet it was her shrewdness, combined with that Lynch optimism, that had propelled them years ago to the right side of the tracks and created an “empire” of convenience stores about to be passed on to the next generation. Lucy and Sarah are also preparing for a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Italy, where his oldest friend, a renowned painter, has exiled himself far from anything they’d known in childhood. In fact, the exact nature of their friendship is one of the many mysteries Lucy hopes to untangle in the “history” he’s writing of his hometown and family. And with his story interspersed with that of Noonan, the native son who’d fled so long ago, the destinies building up around both of them (and Sarah, too) are relentless, constantly surprising, and utterly revealing. Bridge of Sighs is classic Russo, coursing with small-town rhythms and the claims of family, yet it is brilliantly enlarged by an expatriate whose motivations and experiences—often contrary, sometimes not—prove every bit as mesmerizing as they resonate through these richly different lives. Here is a town, as well as a world, defined by magnificent and nearly devastating contradictions.

Richard Russo - Chances ​Are...
From ​the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Empire Falls comes a new revelation: a riveting story about the abiding yet complex power of friendship. One beautiful September day, three men convene on Martha's Vineyard, friends since meeting in college circa the sixties. They couldn't have been more different then, or even today--Lincoln's a commercial real estate broker, Teddy a tiny-press publisher, and Mickey a musician beyond his rockin' age. But each man holds his own secrets, in addition to the monumental mystery that none of them has ever stopped puzzling over since a Memorial Day weekend on the Vineyard in 1971: the disappearance of the woman each of them loved--Jacy Rockafellow. Now, more than forty years later, as this new weekend unfolds, three lives are displayed in their entirety while the distant past confounds the present like a relentless squall of surprise and discovery. Shot through with Russo's trademark comedy and humanity, _Chances Are..._ also introduces a new level of suspense and menace that will quicken the reader's heartbeat. For both longtime fans and lucky newcomers, Russo's latest is a stunning demonstration of a highly acclaimed author deepening and expanding his remarkable achievement.

Richard Russo - Nobody's ​Fool
Sixty-year-old ​Sully is "nobody's fool," except maybe his own. Out of work (undeclared-income work is what he does, when he can), down to his last few bucks, hampered by an arthritic broken knee, Sully is worried that he's started on a run of bad luck. And he has. The banker son of his octogenarian landlady wants him evicted; Sully's estranged son comes home for Thanksgiving only to have his wife split; Sully's own high-strung ex-wife seems headed for a nervous breakdown; and his longtime lover is blaming him for her daughter's winding up in the hospital with a busted jaw. But Sully's biggest problem is the memory of his own abusive father, a ghost who haunts his every day. As he demonstrated in Mohawk (Random, 1986) and The Risk Pool (Random, 1989), Russo knows the small towns of upstate New York and the people who inhabit them; he writes with humor and compassion. A delight.

Richard Russo - Empire ​Falls
With ​Empire Falls Richard Russo cements his reputation as one of America’s most compelling and compassionate storytellers. Miles Roby has been slinging burgers at the Empire Grill for 20 years, a job that cost him his college education and much of his self-respect. What keeps him there? It could be his bright, sensitive daughter Tick, who needs all his help surviving the local high school. Or maybe it’s Janine, Miles’ soon-to-be ex-wife, who’s taken up with a noxiously vain health-club proprietor. Or perhaps it’s the imperious Francine Whiting, who owns everything in town–and seems to believe that “everything” includes Miles himself. In Empire Falls Richard Russo delves deep into the blue-collar heart of America in a work that overflows with hilarity, heartache, and grace.

Richard Russo - Elsewhere
After ​eight commanding works of fiction, the Pulitzer Prize winner now turns to memoir in a hilarious, moving, and always surprising account of his life, his parents, and the upstate New York town they all struggled variously to escape. Anyone familiar with Richard Russo's acclaimed novels will recognize Gloversville once famous for producing that eponymous product and anything else made of leather. This is where the author grew up, the only son of an aspirant mother and a charming, feckless father who were born into this close-knit community. But by the time of his childhood in the 1950s, prosperity was inexorably being replaced by poverty and illness (often tannery-related), with everyone barely scraping by under a very low horizon. A world elsewhere was the dream his mother instilled in Rick, and strived for herself, and their subsequent adventures and tribulations in achieving that goal - beautifully recounted here - were to prove lifelong, as would Gloversville's fearsome grasp on them both. Fraught with the timeless dynamic of going home again, encompassing hopes and fears and the relentless tides of familial and individual complications, this story is arresting, comic, heartbreaking, and truly beautiful, an immediate classic.

Richard Russo - Straight ​Man
In ​this uproarious new novel, Richard Russo performs his characteristic high-wire walk between hilarity and heartbreak. Russo's protagonist is William Henry Devereaux, Jr., the reluctant chairman of the English department of a badly underfunded college in the Pennsylvania rust belt. Devereaux's reluctance is partly rooted in his character--he is a born anarchist-- and partly in the fact that his department is more savagely divided than the Balkans. In the course of a single week, Devereaux will have his nose mangled by an angry colleague, imagine his wife is having an affair with his dean, wonder if a curvaceous adjunct is trying to seduce him with peach pits, and threaten to execute a goose on local television. All this while coming to terms with his philandering father, the dereliction of his youthful promise, and the ominous failure of certain vital body functions. In short, Straight Man is classic Russo--side-splitting and true-to-life, witty, compassionate, and impossible to put down

Richard Russo - Mohawk
Originally ​published in 1986 in the Vintage Contemporaries paperback series—and reissued now in hardcover alongside his masterful new novel, Empire Falls—Richard Russo’s Mohawk remains today as it was described then: A first novel with all the assurance of a mature writer at the peak of form and ambition, Mohawk is set in upstate New York and chronicles over a dozen lives in a leather town, long after the tanneries have started closing down. Ranging over three generations—and clustered mainly in two clans, the Grouses and the Gaffneys—these remarkably various lives share only the common human dilemmas and the awesome physical and emotional presence of Mohawk itself. For this is a town like Winesburg, Ohio or Our Town, in our time, that encompasses a plethora of characters, events and mysteries. At once honestly tragic and sharply, genuinely funny, Mohawk captures life, then affirms it.

Richard Russo - Sóhajok ​hídja
Hat ​évvel a Pulitzer-díjas regény, A múlt fogságában megjelenése után Richard Russo újabb, sokak szerint még az előzőnél is jobb regénnyel jelentkezik. Louis Charles Lynch életének mind a hatvan évét a New York állambeli Thomastonban töltötte, negyven éve ugyanaz a nő, Sarah a felesége, fiuk már felnőtt ember. Néhai apjához hasonlóan Lou – vagy ahogy világéletében mindenki csúfolta, Lucy – is javíthatatlan optimista, noha számos oka lenne az ellenkezőjére. Egy gyerekkori trauma nyomán a főszereplő képzeletbeli szekrényéből úgy bukkannak elő egymás után az ott sorakozó csontvázak, akár egy rémregényben. Vajon gyerekként Lou tényleg a tulajdon anyját látta a nagybátyjával szeretkezni a folyóparton? Vajon tényleg megakadályozhatta volna, hogy félholtra verjenek egy néger fiút csak azért, mert egy fehér lány mellé ült a moziban? Vajon tényleg jól tette, hogy soha, senkinek nem mondta el a titkot, amit az apja a halálos ágyán bízott rá? Megannyi kérdés, amely válaszra vár… A választ Lucy legrégebbi és talán egyetlen barátja adhatná meg, ám az időközben világhírű festővé lett Noonan Olaszországba, Velencébe költözött. Ezért Lou és Sarah életük nagy utazására készülődnek Noonanhoz, aki szándékosan menekült el gyermekkora helyszínéről, mert őt is egy sötét árny kísérti évek óta: az apja halála, amiért ő a felelős… Lou és Noonan elbeszéléséből olyan történet bontakozik ki, amely nemcsak számukra – és Sarah számára –, de az olvasónak is folyamatos fordulatokkal, meglepetésekkel, izgalommal és tanulságokkal szolgál… Ha megismertük Lou és Noonan történetét, más szemmel fogunk nézni magunkra és közvetlen környezetünkre is. Mert mindannyiunk szekrényében ott lapul egy csontváz… A Sóhajok hídja tipikus Russo regény, amely ahogy bonyolódik, ahogyan egyre több derül ki a szereplők múltjából, valósággal megbabonázza és a karosszékbe szögezi az olvasót!

Richard Russo - A ​múlt fogságában
Empire ​Falls, a tipikusan amerikai kisváros életét egy rendkívüli asszony, a várost felvirágoztató nagyvállalkozó özvegye, Mrs. Whiting irányítja. Mindenki ismer mindenkit, az itt élők mindennapjai teljesen összefonódtak. Az emberek egymáshoz fűződő viszonyát olyan rejtélyes és eltitkolt múltbéli események, tragikus szerelmek befolyásolják, amelyekről legszívesebben mindenki hallgatna... A hétköznapok békésen, a megszokott mederben folynak, ám ez csak a látszat. Itt van például a gyerekkori nyaralások színhelyére visszavágyó Miles, az Empire Grill étterem vezetője, akinek feleségét elcsábította az egyik törzsvendég. A csábító, a kiöregedőfélben lévő szépfiú, Walt Comeau persze továbbra is zavartalanul kártyázgat a Grillben. A helyi zsaru, a gátlástalan és erőszakos Jimmy Minty makacsul ragaszkodik a Mileshoz fűződő gyerekkori barátsághoz – pedig az sohasem létezett. A kisváros lakói egyre nehezebben tartják féken régóta elfojtott indulataikat, gyűrik le az újra és újra feltörő, soha ki nem mondott érzelmeket.