The irresistible Sully, who in the intervening years has come by some unexpected good fortune, is staring down a VA cardiologists estimate that he has only a year or two left, and it s hard work trying to keep this news from the most important people in his life: Ruth, the married woman he carried on with for years the ultra-hapless Rub Squeers, who worries that he and Sully aren't still best friends Sull s son and grandson, for whom he was mostly an absentee figure and now a regretful one . We also enjoy the company of Doug Raymer, the chief of police whos obsessing primarily over the identity of the man his wife might have been about to run off with, before dying in a freak accident Baths mayor, the former academic Gus Moynihan, whose wife problems are, if anything, even more pressing and then theres Carl Roebuck, whose lifelong run of failing upward might now come to ruin. And finally, there s Charice Bond a light at the end of the tunnel that is Chief Raymer s office as well as her brother, Jerome, who might well be the train barreling into the station. Everybodys Fool is filled with humor, heart, hard times and people you can t help but love, possibly because their various faults make them so stridently human. This is classic Russo and a crowning achievement from one of the greatest storytellers of our generation.
Page: 496 Format: Fiction Genre: Fiction Author: Richard Russo
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