Nobody's Fool

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Vintage Books, 1993 - Fiction - 549 pages
344 Reviews
In 1750, without warning or apparent reason, the mineral springs of the colonial resort town of Bath, New York, ran dry. A little more than two hundred years later, after numerous warnings and for too many reasons, Sully, the unluckiest man in this unlucky town, isn't doing too hot either. He's broke, out of a job, and the owner of a dead pickup truck. The good news? Sully has the dumbest man in North Bath as his devoted friend, a long-suffering, long-married woman who loves him, a forgiving eighty-year-old landlady who converses with her late husband, a spastic doberman as a watchdog, and the finest one-legged drunken Jewish lawyer this side of Albany. Now, if Sully could only banish his father's slyly grinning ghost and earn his own son's respect, he might just turn the whole damn thing around. Nobody's Fool is a funny, roguish novel that captures the imagination and provides a rich journey into a special world peopled by characters so real, so vital, we feel we've known them all our lives. As he did with his critically acclaimed Mohawk and The Risk Pool, Richard Russo brilliantly invents an unforgettable and luminously magical time and place. And, in doing so, Russo secures his place among America's great writers and most captivating storytellers.
  

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An incredible writer. - Goodreads
good writing, but a bit long-winded. - Goodreads
Very good Worm selection. - Goodreads
Fun book - great character development. - Goodreads
Storytelling at its best. - Goodreads
... not a page turner but an enjoyable escape. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Joan Schrock - Goodreads

I really enjoyed this story of Sully a very unlucky man, who has been triumphantly doing the wrong thing for fifty years, hiw landlady Mrs Berle, the retired school teacher,Wirf, the dying lawyer, Rub ... Read full review

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User Review  - Mary - Goodreads

This book took me forever to read, but it was worth the effort. Well written, it is the story of Sully, a middle-aged drop out, who is living hand-to-mouth. He seems to make all the wrong choices ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
3
Section 3
120
Section 4
192
Section 5
311
Section 6
373
Section 7
443
Section 8
475
Copyright

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About the author (1993)

Richard Russo lives in coastal Maine with his wife and their two daughters. He has written five novels: Mohawk, The Risk Pool, Nobody's Fool, Straight Man, and Empire Falls, and a collection of stories, The Whore's Child.

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