Everybody’s Fool by Richard Russo
recommended by Bryan
Everybody’s Fool, by Richard Russo, arrives more than twenty years after Nobody’s Fool, one of the darkest, funniest books I have ever read. Russo expertly crafts his characters and their relationships set in small-town Maine. As with any other small town, nothing really big ever seems to happen, and everybody knows what has happened without reading the newspaper. Russo’s characters demonstrate that people are at once good and bad, likeable and unlikeable. A character we don’t like in Nobody’s Fool becomes a character we like in Everybody’s Fool. He shows us that real life is filled with subtle contradictions, and a small town is a place where big things do happen, if you are paying attention.