Nobody's Fool is big, funny and richly human, a garrulous book that buttonholes you in the first few pages and does not let you go... In Sully, Russo has created a character you cannot resist.
Like Anne Tyler, Russo is interested in how people rub along; in kindness and responsibility; in cutting slack without being asked...Russo makes an enormous job of story-telling look effortless. He is, in all the best senses of the word, a natural.
A rude, comic, harsh, galloping story of four generations of small-town losers, the best literary portrait of the backwater burg since Main Street.Annie Proulx
Russo lifts a generous slice of middle America in all its flavours... Nobody's Fool is a great-hearted, unforgettable comedy in the best tradition of John Irving and Anne Tyler.
This is a novel of charm and wit, akin to the works of Alice Hoffman, Anne Tyler and Garrison Keillor.
So rich and flavoursome that the temptation is to devour it all at once.
Thoughtful, soulful . . . It will abruptly break your heart. That's what Richard Russo does, without pretension or fuss, time and time again.
New York Times
Another of the author's peerless depictions of small-town life.
Wall Street Journal
Thoughtful and warmhearted, [Russo's] fiction has the engaging quality of tales told by a friend, over drinks, about a person we know in common. And so we lean forward, eager to hear what happened next.
New York Times Book Review
Russo has fashioned tales compact enough to make an immediate impression (and to read in a single sitting), but rich [in] believable characters, graceful plotting and pointed dialogue.
After a while you begin to wish you lived in Richard Russo's world.
The author has never been funnier. It is a testament to Russo's skill and originality that Straight Man often seems as fresh as if it were the first of its sort.
Sentence by sentence Richard Russo shows that his is an eminently accomplished comic talent.
A funny and clever novel.
Times Literary Supplement