The Risk Pool (Paperback)

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A wonderfully funn and perceptive novel in the traditions of Thornton Wilder and Anne Tyler, The Risk Pool is 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.

About the Author


Dans une ville au fin fond du sud d'un pays repute pour ses paysages ensoleilles et son architecture baroque, j'ai vu le jour dans une region aussi celebre que ma ville natale tres reputee pour son agriculture, malgre l'aridite de sa terre. Apres avoir fete mon tout premier anniversaire sur la route avec mes parents et au bout de milliers de kilometres, je m'installai avec eux dans un pays inconnu ou, au cours de mon enfance, je commencais a m'imaginer une histoire, celle d'une riche famille. Je suis intimement persuade que les drames familiaux et personnels que j'ai traverses ont un tantinet influence l'ecriture de mes differents ouvrages publies. Comme l'un des personnages principaux de mon deuxieme livre, je suis un immigre et un autodidacte.

Praise For…


"Russo proves himself a master at evoking the sights, feelings, and smells of a town. . . . [The Risk Pool is] superbly original and maliciously funny." --The New York Times Book Review

"A fine, closely observed novel . . . Richard Russo writes with such sympathy and attention to the rhythms of small-town life that he invests inarticulate lives with genuine passion. . . . [He] has succeeded in creating characters with the emotional weight of people we've known in real life." --The New York Times

"Weighted with wonderful detail . . . a rich, anecdotal novel brimming with the metaphorical lessons of adolescence: on pocket billiards and sexual frustration, trout fishing and serenity." --Boston Globe

"Richard Russo has it just perfect in The Risk Pool. A gem of a novel." --St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Product Details
ISBN: 9780679753834
ISBN-10: 0679753834
Publisher: Vintage
Publication Date: April 12th, 1994
Pages: 496
Language: English