The Risk Pool
A wonderfully funn and perceptive novel in the traditions of Thornton Wilder and Anne Tyler, The Risk Pool is set in Mohawk, New York, where Ned Hall is doing his best to grow up, even though neither of his estranged parents can properly be called adult.
His father, Sam, cultivates bad habits so assiduously that he is stuck at the bottom of his auto insurance risk pool. His mother, Jenny, is slowly going crazy from resentment at a husband who refuses either to stay or to stay away. As Ned veers between allegiances to these grossly inadequate role models, Richard Russo gives us a book that overflows with outsized characters and outlandish predicaments and whose vision of family is at once irreverent and unexpectedly moving.
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The risk poolUser Review - Not Available - Book Verdict
A story of not-so-successful folk in a decaying town in New York as seen through the eyes of Ned Hall, better known as "Sam's son.'' Sam was once an average citizen who grew up, married, and went off ... Read full review
Review: The Risk PoolUser Review - Amelia - Goodreads
sure it's repetitive, with only a slender wisp of slow plot. but still. the atmosphere. the lovable drunks. the myopia. it's all so pleasing, catching all the ugly angles in a happy glow of "well ... Read full review