Richard Russo is the author of eight novels, two collections of stories, and On Helwig Street, a memoir. 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. He lives in Maine.
Richard Russo is one of America's finest chronicles of blue-collar existence. -- Donal O'Donoghue * RTE Guide * Certain to please anyone familiar with his short fiction and novels. . . . The unselfconscious voice threading through these nine explorations of writing, writers, and everyday life is a welcome alternative to the all-too-common introspection and fraught 'literariness' found in many recent memoir and essay collections from prominent authors. Readers seeking a deeply insightful record of the creative process and the life guiding it will find resonance here. * Library Journal (starred) * For aspiring writers, Russo's musings on the art and craft of the novel are a trove of knowledge and guidance. For adoring readers, they are a window into the imagination and inspiration for Russo's beloved novels, screenplays, and short stories. . . . Few authors seem as approachable in print and, one suspects, in person as acclaimed novelist Russo. * Booklist * Splendid. . . . These are wise, personal pieces, and readers get to know the author as a comforting, funny, and welcoming guy. * Kirkus * Russo's colourful book offers his novels' fans more of his dazzling and moving writing, often revealing glimpses of the forces that drive a bestselling fiction writer. * Publishers Weekly * Entertaining slices of writerly wisdom * Guardian * It turns out that Russo the nonfiction writer is a lot like Russo the Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist. He is affably disagreeable, wry, idiosyncratic, vulnerably bighearted, a craftsman of lubricated sentences...Perhaps what's most admirable about these essays is their genial and searching tone. In this know-it-all age Russo places his faith in the ideals of art-ambiguity, paradox, heresy, the sublime-over the black-and-white ideologies or our current politics. * New York Times Book Review *