The working classes get the shaft, as far as contemporary literary fiction goes. So many books in that genre are preoccupied with that special malaise that comes with limitless possibilities. Not RICHARD RUSSO's. He writes about burdens and obligations and economic constraints. He writes about class and religion and shame. He's a warm, funny writer, one who's not afraid to love his characters or imperil them. Empire Falls, Straight Man, Nobody's Fool — all expansive, generous books that make the reader feel as though something real is at stake. He's a treasure, and we're glad to have him.
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