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Chances Are

Richard Russo



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Atlantic Books
29 September 2020
One beautiful September day, three sixty-six-year-old men convene on Martha's Vineyard, friends ever since meeting in college in the 1960s. They couldn't have been more different then, or even today - Lincoln's a commercial real estate broker, Teddy a tiny-press publisher and Mickey an ageing musician. But each man holds his own secrets, in addition to the monumental mystery that none of them has ever stopped puzzling over since 1971: the disappearance of their friend Lacy. Now, decades later, the distant past interrupts the present as the truth about what happened to lacy finally emerges, forcing the men to reconsider everything they thought they knew about each other.

Shot through with Russo's trademark comedy and humanity, Chances Are also introduces a new level of suspense and menace that will quicken the reader's heartbeat throughout this absorbing saga of how friendship's bonds are every bit as constricting and rewarding as those of family.

For both longtime fans and lucky newcomers, Chances Are is a stunning demonstration of a highly-acclaimed author deepening and expanding his remarkable body of work.

'Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Richard Russo balances suspense with comedy in this gripping tale.' - Time 'There s much to enjoy in Richard Russo s typically nuanced portrait of three childhood friends... [a] fine-grained exploration of troubled, small-town masculinity...

Russo's prose is so quietly melodious you can almost hear it singing.' - Daily Mail
By:   Richard Russo
Imprint:   Atlantic Books
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Edition:   Main
Dimensions:   Height: 198mm,  Width: 129mm,  Spine: 23mm
Weight:   277g
ISBN:   9781911630388
ISBN 10:   1911630385
Pages:   320
Publication Date:   29 September 2020
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Richard Russo is the author of eight previous novels, two collections of stories, a collection of essays and the memoir On Helwig Street. In 2002 he received the Pulitzer Prize for Empire Falls, which like Nobody's Fool was adapted to film, in a multiple-award-winning HBO miniseries; in 2016 he was given the Indie Champion Award by the American Booksellers Association; and in 2017 he received France's Grand Prix de Litterature Americaine. He lives in Portland, Maine.

Reviews for Chances Are

No one writing today captures the detail of life with such stunning accuracy. -- Annie Proulx Perhaps if it was pointed out that here was a US writer who stood somewhere between Anne Tyler at her darkest and Russell Banks, with an occasional hint of Richard Ford at his least bleak, perhaps Russo would become as widely read as he deserves to be. * Irish Times * A writer of great comedy and warmth, Russo's living proof that a book can be profound and wise without aiming straight into darkness. * USA Today * Richard Russo can write like Edith Wharton leavened with a touch of David Lodge. * The Economist * ...there's heart and beauty on every page. * USA Today * ...a brisk story with memorable characters and smart things to say about loss and missed opportunities. * Minneapolis Star Tribune * Russo's hallmark themes - the intricacy of male friendships, one-sided love, the collision of the past with the present - are on full display * New York Times * ...blends everything we love about this author with something new...Vintage Russo...No one understands men better than Russo, and no one is more eloquent in explaining how they think, suffer and love. * Kirkus (starred review) * Richard Russo is often compared to Dickens, to whom he clearly owes a debt, but the ghost hovering over his fabulous new novel, Chances Are, feels more like Sam Shepard...Next to Colson Whitehead's new book, there's not a better paced summer read -- John Freeman * Literary Hub * Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Richard Russo balances suspense with comedy in this gripping tale. * Time * ...chances are awfully good that you'll lap up this gripping, wise and wonderful summer treat. * Boston Globe * totally engrossing...Humane and beautifully crafted, it provides further compelling evidence of Russo's prestige as a contemporary American writer. * Sydney Morning Herald * An eloquent excavation of long-buried secrets. * Observer * There's much to enjoy in Richard Russo's typically nuanced portrait of three childhood friends...[a] fine-grained exploration of troubled, small-town masculinity...Russo's prose is so quietly melodious you can almost hear it singing. * Daily Mail * His stories are omnisciently narrated in a tone of sardonic understanding of human folly, which places him in the house of American style on a polished mezzanine between John Updike and Anne Tyler...Chances Are, a rare mix of the tense and tender, should gain Russo further literary acclaim. -- Mark Lawson * Guardian * Cleverly paced, Russo's latest novel folds page-turning suspense into an unhurried, warmly observed portrait of friendship in later life. * Mail on Sunday *

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