Richard Russo

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.



After a while you begin to wish you lived in Richard Russo's world.
Sunday Times

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.
Literary Review

Sentence by sentence Richard Russo shows that his is an eminently accomplished comic talent.
The Times

A funny and clever novel.
Times Literary Supplement

I loved Richard Russo's Pulitzer-winning Empire Falls, a moving, brilliantly imagined and intensely satisfying novel about the slow death of a small town: Russo's characters are as loveable and as exasperating as family.Nick Hornby

Like Anne Tyler, Russo is interested in how people rub along; in kindness and responsibility; in cutting slack without being asked. In the Empire Grill he has created a place so involving that not only can you see and smell it, but you start to feel a bit left out of the gin rummy. Russo makes an enormous job of story-telling look effortless. He is, in all the best senses of the word, a natural.
Sunday Times

Richard Russo can write like Edith Wharton leavened with a touch of David Lodge.

Russo's command of his story is unerring... He satisfies every expectation without lapsing into predictability, and the last section of the book explodes with surprises...One of the best novelists around.
New York Times

If Russo's books possessed only their big-hearted, endlessly revisitable characters, that would be enough. That they also possess belting story lines about broken families, comically recalcitrant pensioners, small-town decay and the indelibility of roots sometimes seems like an act of unparalleled literary generosity.
Sunday Times

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

No one writing today catches the detail of life with such stunning accuracy.Annie Proulx

Charms readers with its humour and refreshes with its vast, Dickensian cast of characters.

Russo proves himself a master at evoking the sights, feelings and smells of a town... Superbly original and maliciously funny.
New York Times Book Review