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Risk Pool

ISBN-10: 0679753834
ISBN-13: 9780679753834
Edition: N/A
Authors: Richard Russo
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Description: A wonderfully funn and perceptive novel in the traditions of Thornton Wilder and Anne Tyler,The Risk Poolis set in Mohawk, New York, where Ned Hall is doing his best to grow up, even though neither of his estranged parents can properly be called  More...

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Book details

List price: $16.00
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 4/12/1994
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 496
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

A wonderfully funn and perceptive novel in the traditions of Thornton Wilder and Anne Tyler,The Risk Poolis set in Mohawk, New York, where Ned Hall is doing his best to grow up, even though neither of his estranged parents can properly be called adult. His father, Sam, cultivates bad habits so assiduously that he is stuck at the bottom of his auto insurance risk pool. His mother, Jenny, is slowly going crazy from resentment at a husband who refuses either to stay or to stay away. As Ned veers between allegiances to these grossly inadequate role models, Richard Russo gives us a book that overflows with outsized characters and outlandish predicaments and whose vision of family is at once irreverent and unexpectedly moving.

Novelist and screenwriter Richard Russo was born in Johnstown, New York on July 15, 1949. He received a Bachelor's degree, a Master of Fine Arts degree, and a Doctor of Philosophy degree from the University of Arizona. He taught at numerous colleges including Southern Illinois University Carbondale and Colby College. He has written numerous books including Mokawk, The Risk Pool, Straight Man, Bridge of Sighs, and That Old Cape Magic, as well as a short story collection, The Whore's Child. His novel Empire Falls won the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and Nobody's Fool was made into a movie starring Paul Newman, Bruce Willis and Melanie Griffith. He also co-wrote the 1998 film Twilight with director Robert Benton and the teleplay for the HBO adaptation of Empire Falls.

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