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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Review: The Risk PoolUser Review - Alishia - Goodreads
Love his writing. I find the stories take a back seat when reading his books. Read full review
Review: The Risk PoolUser Review - Nancy Doerrer - Goodreads
This is a richly complex story that carefully develops the characters living in a small town (Mohawk) in upstate NY. The main character is Ned Hall with the constant involvement of his father Sammy, a ... Read full review