Chances Are...

Chances Are From the Pulitzer Prize winning Richard Russo in his first stand alone novel in a decade comes a new revelation a gripping story about the abiding yet complex power of friendshipOne beautiful Septembe

  • Title: Chances Are...
  • Author: Richard Russo
  • ISBN: 1101947748
  • Page: 449
  • Format: Hardcover
  • From the Pulitzer Prize winning Richard Russo in his first stand alone novel in a decade comes a new revelation a gripping story about the abiding yet complex power of friendshipOne beautiful September day, three sixty six year old men convene on Martha s Vineyard, friends ever since meeting in college circa the sixties They couldn t have been different then, or e From the Pulitzer Prize winning Richard Russo in his first stand alone novel in a decade comes a new revelation a gripping story about the abiding yet complex power of friendshipOne beautiful September day, three sixty six year old men convene on Martha s Vineyard, friends ever since meeting in college circa the sixties They couldn t have been different then, or even today Lincoln s a commercial real estate broker, Teddy a tiny press publisher, and Mickey a musician beyond his rockin age But each man holds his own secrets, in addition to the monumental mystery that none of them has ever stopped puzzling over since a Memorial Day weekend right here on the Vineyard in 1971 Now, forty four years later, as this new weekend unfolds, three lives and that of a significant other are displayed in their entirety while the distant past confounds the present like a relentless squall of surprise and discovery Shot through with Russo s trademark comedy and humanity, Chances Are. also introduces a new level of suspense and menace that will quicken the reader s heartbeat throughout this absorbing saga of how friendship s bonds are every bit as constricting and rewarding as those of family or any other community For both longtime fans and lucky newcomers, Chances Are. is a stunning demonstration of a highly acclaimed author deepening and expanding his remarkable achievement Get A Copy Kindle Store 13.99 StoresAudibleBarnes NobleWalmart eBooksApple BooksGoogle PlayAbebooksBook DepositoryAlibrisIndigoBetter World BooksIndieBoundLibraries Hardcover, 320 pages Published July 30th 2019 by Knopf Publishing Group More Details ISBN 1101947748 ISBN13 9781101947746 Edition Language English Other Editions All Editions Add a New Edition Combine Less Detail Edit Details Friend Reviews To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up Reader QA To ask other readers questions about Chances Are, please sign up Popular Answered Questions This question contains spoilers view spoiler Did I miss something Jacy s father Don may be a embezzler and a jerk, but he DID adopt and raise as his own the child of his wife s affair Why did he deserve to be beaten to a pulp by Mickey I know Mickey sometimes got violent without good reason, but this attack seems to be accepted as his due by Jacy and friends hide spoiler like 18 days ago See all 3 answers Barbara McDonald This answer contains spoilers view spoiler Yes he molested her and her mother admitted she knew about itand that was one of the reasons the mother hated her husband.It is all stated rather Yes he molested her and her mother admitted she knew about itand that was one of the reasons the mother hated her husband.It is all stated rather vaguely however less hide spoiler flag This question contains spoilers view spoiler I ve not read a single on comment on the thing that bothers me the most about the big reveal regarding Jacy Here it is Teddy s whole life has been altered and constrained by Jacy s disappearance yes, I realize he has other issues too yet after 40 years and then learning the truth he isn t the least bit pissed off What Not even a day or two to process the feeling He s ok with it right from the get go Hmm hide spoiler 1 likelike 20 days ago See all 2 answers Maria Wroblewski I understood that he was her true choice however, it could not be because he was impotent So, he feels he had a love It s all so silly no I understood that he was her true choice however, it could not be because he was impotent So, he feels he had a love It s all so silly no Russo books for me less flag See 2 questions about Chances Are Lists with This Book This book is not yet featured on Listopia Add this book to your favorite list Community Reviews Showing 1 30 3.91 Rating details 2,751 ratings 470 reviews All LanguagesEnglish 457 Italiano 1 More filters Sort order Apr 26, 2019 Angela M rated it it was amazing Shelves edelweiss reviews I can t remember encountering a Richard Russo character who doesn t seem real, as someone I could know or as someone with flaws who reminds me that all of us are flawed or that all of us are vulnerable in one way or another Having read all of his novels and most of his shorter fiction, I have come to expect this connection that he allows us to make with his characters He did not disappoint in his latest novel Three sixty six year old men, college friends from the 60 s meet 44 years later on I can t remember encountering a Richard Russo character who doesn t seem real, as someone I could know or as someone with flaws who reminds me that all of us are flawed or that all of us are vulnerable in one way or another Having read all of his novels and most of his shorter fiction, I have come to expect this connection that he allows us to make with his characters He did not disappoint in his latest novel Three sixty six year old men, college friends from the 60 s meet 44 years later on Martha s Vineyard They ve taken different paths in life Lincoln is in real estate, married with children and grandchildren Teddy has never married, has been an adjunct professor and publisher of a small press that is closing up Mickey is the forever rocker whose past remains elusive until the end of the story Missing from this reunion is another college friend, Jacy who has not been seen or heard from since they last spent time together at Lincoln s family house on Martha s Vineyard in 1971 While Jacy is missing, she is ever present in the story, the girl they all fell in love with back then in college, the woman they still love and is ever present in their thoughts The chapters of the present and flashbacks to their pasts alternate between Lincoln and Teddy giving us their family backgrounds which in some ways have shaped who they are as adults, how they have lived their lives We don t hear from Mickey until the end, but through these narratives we know his background as well Their lives were also shaped by these friendships that started in college and by the hold that Jacy had on them then and now In many ways, this is introspective with these characters considering who they were when the draft numbers were called for Vietnam, who they are now, the choices they made, the things they did, the things they didn t do, the secrets they kept It wasn t in fact possible to strip life of its clutter for the simple reason that life was clutter This is one of my favorite lines in the book In many ways the story, for me reflects choices made as the characters deal with the clutter that life is If you are a Russo fan already, the chances that you ll love this story are pretty good If Russo is new to you, I d say the chances are awfully good there too Sorry I couldn t help myself because I can t get Johnny Mathis s song out of my head I m going to be singing there for a while An aside I ve been reviewing ARCs for 5 years and Knopf pretty much never approves my requests for ARCs I don t give up requesting from them, especially if it s a book by a favorite author like Russo One of my very good friends who knows how much I love Richard Russo s writing lent me a copy of an Arc that she received from a mutual Book Angel friend Many thanks to both of you And then shock of shocks , I was approved by Knopf on Edelweiss for a review copy Thanks to them also flag 251 likesLike see review View all 134 comments Carolyn no one evokes small town central NY like Russo always brings me right back to the depressed comunities around my university and my best friend s fam no one evokes small town central NY like Russo always brings me right back to the depressed comunities around my university and my best friend s family home But i read those books when i was younger first time reading Russo where I connected to the characters themselves that old group of friends you believe you can always depend on but dont really know any instead of the surroundings And he got me again The mystery is a little neat, but you read Russo the characters turns out he manages rundown old guys as well as he evoked aging towns 11 hours, 43 min ago Angela M I definitely agree , Carolyn He always gets me , too One of my favorites 11 hours, 30 min ago Jun 19, 2019 Dorie Traveling Sister rated it really liked it Shelves edelweiss, literature, 2019 netgalley challenge NOW AVAILABLE 4 1 2 rounded down to a 4.Oh my goodness this book takes me back My husband, who was then my boyfriend, and I also sat in front of a TV in 1969 when the draft lottery was televised He had a college deferment and fortunately his number was high, but the anxiety of that particular time was off the charts high Imagine your future decided by the random calling out of a number, whether you were able to continue on the path you were leading or got sent to Vietnam None of my frie NOW AVAILABLE 4 1 2 rounded down to a 4.Oh my goodness this book takes me back My husband, who was then my boyfriend, and I also sat in front of a TV in 1969 when the draft lottery was televised He had a college deferment and fortunately his number was high, but the anxiety of that particular time was off the charts high Imagine your future decided by the random calling out of a number, whether you were able to continue on the path you were leading or got sent to Vietnam None of my friends believed in this war, barely understanding it, and yet many were sent there, died, were held prisoner or returned with bodies and minds mangled by this tragedy.In this novel three college friends sat and waited for their numbers to be called, watching on a small TV at the back of the kitchen of the sorority house where they worked Mickey had the lowest number and was most certainly going to be called, then Lincoln and Teddy This day affected them all in different ways The fourth member of their close group of friends was Jacy, the girl that everyone falls in love with beautiful, caring, charismatic, devil may care, they all loved her She was waiting with arms open to Mickey when they left the building, she had been waiting to hear the numbers they all received Fast forward over forty years and the three friends have decided to reunite on Martha s Vineyard, at the house that Lincoln s wife owns, the last place they were all together They are all still wondering what happened to Jacy, how they never got to say goodbye and never heard from her She left behind a fiance whom she didn t seem to love and parents that were grieving for their lost daughter.As they visit the old places that held so many memories they find out the truth of how they have lived their lives There are medical issues, financial issues, marital problems, and yet when they are together they still feel the ties that bind.Eventually we do find out what happened that last day on the Vineyard and it is a believable though haunting ending.Russo has crafted yet again a strongly character driven novel, this time with a mystery tied to it I felt comfortable back in the hands of a gifted storyteller and thoroughly enjoyed the ride I don t feel it is quite as strong a book as Nobody s Fool or Empire Falls but it s still one great story and I highly recommend it I received an ARC of this novel from the publisher through Edelweiss.This book is set to publish on July 30, 2019 I just reread this book with my book club and it was a good one for discussion I think I liked it even reading it the second time flag 131 likesLike see review View all 54 comments Apr 14, 2019 Tammy rated it it was amazing Friends from college and now sixty six years old, three men reunite at a house on Martha s Vineyard owned by one of them During their Vietnam era college years, all of them were in love with the same privileged, rebellious girl who rounded out their friendly foursome What is the possibility or chance that she was in love with one of them From the vantage point of age each man considers his life as it exists today and as it was as a college student One plays it safe, one plays it fast and loo Friends from college and now sixty six years old, three men reunite at a house on Martha s Vineyard owned by one of them During their Vietnam era college years, all of them were in love with the same privileged, rebellious girl who rounded out their friendly foursome What is the possibility or chance that she was in love with one of them From the vantage point of age each man considers his life as it exists today and as it was as a college student One plays it safe, one plays it fast and loose, and one barely plays at all What happened to their chances of a rosy future In some instances the impact of the father looms large The truth and that which is untrue are major themes Typically, one lies to prevent consequences but tells a falsehood when one believes something to be true but doesn t possess all of the facts Is withholding information a lie by omission Is there a difference between facts and reality In the past, an unresolved event occurred that causes these questions to emerge Rich characters, a spectacular sense of place and masterful storytelling define this brilliant novel This was my first experience with Russo but certainly not my last flag 114 likesLike see review View all 43 comments Aug 16, 2019 Elyse Walters rated it liked it Who in their f cking world would listen to Cat Stevens Really ME This novel exasperated the heck out of mewith lengthy inconsequential long winded loquacious ramblings I enjoyed meeting Richard Russo at a book reading I ve always been certain that I would love Russo s storytelling but there is too much uninteresting ramblings in this book I ll read Empire Falls sometime but this being my first impression of the established American author leaves me disappointed I found Who in their f cking world would listen to Cat Stevens Really ME This novel exasperated the heck out of mewith lengthy inconsequential long winded loquacious ramblings I enjoyed meeting Richard Russo at a book reading I ve always been certain that I would love Russo s storytelling but there is too much uninteresting ramblings in this book I ll read Empire Falls sometime but this being my first impression of the established American author leaves me disappointed I found this novel mostly boring, stereotyping, irritating.with occasional judgement interest Shame on me for being such a cynical readerBut it s what happened Other than the beginning of this novel the setup and an intriguing excerpt that had me pause What were the odds that these three would end up assigned to the same freshman dorm suite at Minerva Because yank out one thread from the fabric of human destiny, and everything unravels Though it could also be said that things have a tendency to unravel regardless I just didn t enjoy the sarcasm, the dialogue, the attention to braless women, the ongoing chatter about a woman long ago they barely knew The many interactions between the three stooges Lincoln, Micky, and Teddy and their parents made my skin burnitchand exfoliate without me even touching my body I was shaking my head much too much I ll just chalk it up to a primal reaction I take full responsibility for my dislike.But the question I often asked myself In a day where white supremacy is no jokewhy do we need or desire this book right now 2.5 stars flag 94 likesLike see review View all 47 comments Apr 19, 2019 Cheri rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves 2019, massachusetts, 1970s, 1960s, canada, contemporary Over forty years have passed since these three men met during the sixties in college, and now that they ve reached their sixties, they ve gathered together on Martha s Vineyard for the weekend As we hear their stories, and know what secrets they are holding, keeping them to themselves, there is another story that slowly starts to be unveiled, as well.Revisiting the early years of the war in Vietnam, they reflect back on the night of the first draft lottery, sitting around a tiny black and white Over forty years have passed since these three men met during the sixties in college, and now that they ve reached their sixties, they ve gathered together on Martha s Vineyard for the weekend As we hear their stories, and know what secrets they are holding, keeping them to themselves, there is another story that slowly starts to be unveiled, as well.Revisiting the early years of the war in Vietnam, they reflect back on the night of the first draft lottery, sitting around a tiny black and white television screen, with Mickey s birthday coming up first, at which point the others begin singing Oh, Canada The next birthday among them to come up was Lincoln s, and then much later, Teddy s As they slowly drift out of the house, lost in their own personal reflections on luck, good and bad, they notice Jacy, the spirited, carefree girl from a privileged family that they all loved They were all in love with her during those years, waiting for them, and she s standing, waiting for them, for their news When they see her wrap her arms around Mickey when she hears his news, all of his buddies still in disbelief over his bad luck with the lottery, now only feel envy in this moment Standing in their old haunts, thoughts drift back, memories of those years when they were in college and wonder what has become of Jacy, the girl who stole all their hearts, and in truth, a part still belongs to her No longer the young men they were then, they have changed physically along with their years, but are also no longer the carefree, optimistic youths they were then They are responsible men, with responsible jobs, for the most part Lincoln is a commercial real estate broker, Teddy is a small press publisher, only Mickey lives close by, still living his life as a musician after his return from Canada Despite the years, they don t feel all that different from all those years ago, especially when they re here, together, like this But step away from each other, and perspective gives them a new view Health concerns factor in, limitations they didn t have so many years ago But, still, they question where is Jacy, and why isn t she there, with them As they begin to try to find the answer to this, they encounter a seemingly endless series of dead ends That doesn t seem to stop the search, or conjecturing on possibilities, but they can t stop picturing her in these places they wandered through together in their past Russo excels at creating a strong sense of this place and time, and these ordinary, everyday characters He seems to conjure them fully formed, all of their quirks and eccentricities on display, so that you can picture them doing some of the things they do, and you feel as if you know them, as though you ve never not known them Pub Date 30 Jul 2019Many thanks to the ARC provided by my BookAngel flag 87 likesLike see review View all 51 comments Aug 10, 2019 Zoeytron rated it it was amazing Shelves public library Think of the way you looked at things in 1969, and how you see them now, 50 years later Any differences Reflect on what you can afford to lose in life, about proximate cause versus remote causes What part does luck play in the scenario There is a buried truth here that will be uncovered, based on a lie that was never actually uttered This author draws a bead on his characters and it is faultless Wry observations on the aging process may have you nodding or smiling ruefully I am Think of the way you looked at things in 1969, and how you see them now, 50 years later Any differences Reflect on what you can afford to lose in life, about proximate cause versus remote causes What part does luck play in the scenario There is a buried truth here that will be uncovered, based on a lie that was never actually uttered This author draws a bead on his characters and it is faultless Wry observations on the aging process may have you nodding or smiling ruefully I am genuinely sorry to have closed the cover on this novel, and give it all 5 stars without hesitation flag 82 likesLike see review View all 38 comments Aug 11, 2019 Karen rated it really liked it Three sixty six year old men, friends since college in the 60 s meet up on Martha s Vineyard for a weekend these are three very different type of men, then and now, and they all were secretly in love with a girl from their college days who completed their foursome All for one, one for all As the men come together on the island they are all still puzzling over an occurrence that happened here on Memorial weekend 1971 and as the story unfolds we find out all about their lives, their families Three sixty six year old men, friends since college in the 60 s meet up on Martha s Vineyard for a weekend these are three very different type of men, then and now, and they all were secretly in love with a girl from their college days who completed their foursome All for one, one for all As the men come together on the island they are all still puzzling over an occurrence that happened here on Memorial weekend 1971 and as the story unfolds we find out all about their lives, their families, and the truth about that weekend in the past Although there is a level of mystery suspense, there is quite a bit of humor involved also.I haven t read to many books involving the bonds of male friendship, but I really enjoyed this flag 77 likesLike see review View all 25 comments Aug 05, 2019 Ron Charles rated it liked it Shelves guys wandering Richard Russo s new novel, Chances Are opens with a cascade of charm Three old friends, all 66 years old, arrive at Martha s Vineyard for a last hurrah Russo introduces them one at a time, setting each man in a nest of youthful anecdotes that have been polished to a high luster But if this is a story steeped in nostalgia, it s also a story about the inevitable disruption of nostalgia.Russo, who won a Pulitzer Prize for his 2001 novel, Empire Falls, has become our senior corresponde Richard Russo s new novel, Chances Are opens with a cascade of charm Three old friends, all 66 years old, arrive at Martha s Vineyard for a last hurrah Russo introduces them one at a time, setting each man in a nest of youthful anecdotes that have been polished to a high luster But if this is a story steeped in nostalgia, it s also a story about the inevitable disruption of nostalgia.Russo, who won a Pulitzer Prize for his 2001 novel, Empire Falls, has become our senior correspondent on masculinity No one captures so well the gruff affection of men or the friction between guys from different classes By some accident of fate, the three men at the center of Chances Are were classmates at a small Connecticut college in the late 60s and early 70s One way or another, they all managed to stay out of the Vietnam War, but the resin of their lives was set in that turbulent era, hardening into the cherished amber of friendship Chances Are rotates gently through these characters each one so appealing that you hate to let him go, though you ll quickly feel just as To read the rest of this review, go to The Washington Post https washingtonpost entert flag 53 likesLike see review ed pigg Cool Aug 26, 2019 12 15PM Bradford Nixon I loved Empire Falls Bridge of Sighs not so much maybe too much gruff masculinity Aug 28, 2019 07 03PM May 22, 2019 Jill rated it really liked it Anytime Richard Russo comes out with a new book, it s a cause for celebration I can t think of another writer today who has so adroitly captured our deteriorating east coast small town communities and the has beens, ne er do wells, and wannabes who inhabit them Works such as The Risk Pool, Nobody s Fool and Empire Falls, for example, position him as the preeminent chronicler of the down on their luck manufacturing towns of America.Chances Are is a quintessentially Russo sort of book It s not Anytime Richard Russo comes out with a new book, it s a cause for celebration I can t think of another writer today who has so adroitly captured our deteriorating east coast small town communities and the has beens, ne er do wells, and wannabes who inhabit them Works such as The Risk Pool, Nobody s Fool and Empire Falls, for example, position him as the preeminent chronicler of the down on their luck manufacturing towns of America.Chances Are is a quintessentially Russo sort of book It s not quite as good as the three I mention above, but it is quite good nonetheless The novel centers around three college chums who have taken different paths and now meet in Martha s Vineyard in the midst of their 66th year, and one ghost They all were in love with an elusive and carefree woman named Jacy, who spent a summer with them than four decades ago and then disappeared, never to be heard from again.The book asks what ever happened to her Did she meet with foul play or is she hiding just out of sight But it would not be fair to call this a mystery rather, the novel s theme is how the things we keep secret tend to be right at the center of who we are Or, put another way, do we ever really know a person we believe we re close to It s also a book about chances the immutable fate that may be fixed right from the start, the opportunities we did not take, the way we look at life from the wrong end of the telescope as we age When do we give up on taking a chance Do we ever give up The Jacy scenes come across as a bit cinematic and plotted, which is why I m withholding the fifth star While reading the book, I couldn t help but see in my mind how it would play out in a movie But don t let that stop you Richard Russo is darn GOOD and his fleshing out of the world of his character is, as always, expertly done flag 33 likesLike see review View all 3 comments Aug 21, 2019 Karen rated it it was amazing Shelves 5000 2019, favorites, library checkout, read in 2019 Chances Are awfully good that if Richard Russo writes it, I m going to love it 4.5 rounded up A deep and thoughtful story of enduring love and friendship by one of my favorite authors, that takes us back to the early 70s the music, the pot smoking, the draft.Three college friends get together on Martha s Vineyard 40 years after they had gone their separate ways, for a final fling at Lincoln s summer house as he ponders selling it At 66, Lincoln is happily married Teddy is a book editor Chances Are awfully good that if Richard Russo writes it, I m going to love it 4.5 rounded up A deep and thoughtful story of enduring love and friendship by one of my favorite authors, that takes us back to the early 70s the music, the pot smoking, the draft.Three college friends get together on Martha s Vineyard 40 years after they had gone their separate ways, for a final fling at Lincoln s summer house as he ponders selling it At 66, Lincoln is happily married Teddy is a book editor publisher Mickey, always the rebel, has a rock band and all three have never stopped loving the only female in their original group, Jacy She went missing after their graduation from college, and no one ever decided if she ran away or if she met with foul play Now the they talk about it and what really went down 40 some years ago, their concern grows and as a local retired cop contributes his thoughts, they realize that suspicion could easily have fallen on them, perhaps the last people to ever see Jacy.Lincoln and Teddy are decent people with many flaws that make them sympathetic and interesting Mickey seems troubled yet always up for a party, and it takes longer for Lincoln and Teddy and the reader to get to know him The guys were together the night their lottery numbers were drawn for the Vietnam War draft, and understandably this brought them closer, while ultimately ensuring they would be ripped apart come graduation Although Russo can go on and on thus a half star deduction about some subjects, in the end I loved the characters and how the mystery of Jacy was slowly revealed Our wistful trip down memory lane included Grace Slick When the truth is found to be lies,And all the joy within you dies,Don t you want somebody to love flag 42 likesLike see review View all 22 comments Aug 20, 2019 Jonathan Kramer rated it it was amazing A beautiful story of friendship, redemption and forgiveness, Russo has brought forth another masterpiece Quoting from the last chapter, What made the contest between fate and free will so lopsided was that human beings invariably mistook one for another hurling themselves furiously against that which is fixed and immutable while ignoring the very things over which they actually had some control Profound, heart warming and often humorous this is a well written story filled with insights A beautiful story of friendship, redemption and forgiveness, Russo has brought forth another masterpiece Quoting from the last chapter, What made the contest between fate and free will so lopsided was that human beings invariably mistook one for another hurling themselves furiously against that which is fixed and immutable while ignoring the very things over which they actually had some control Profound, heart warming and often humorous this is a well written story filled with insights and beauty among many other things Highly recommended flag 37 likesLike see review View all 6 comments May 13, 2019 Jessica Woodbury rated it liked it Shelves arc While I was reading this book I was reminded of how much I like Richard Russo He is such a wise and empathetic writer He writes mostly about men but he also does that with an understanding that men are often foolish I enjoyed my time reading this book even though it is a kind of plot I really do not enjoy because it was still nice to get some time with Russo This is right up the middle for Russo, not one of his lighter comedies or one of his heavy downers, it s a kind of a mystery built arou While I was reading this book I was reminded of how much I like Richard Russo He is such a wise and empathetic writer He writes mostly about men but he also does that with an understanding that men are often foolish I enjoyed my time reading this book even though it is a kind of plot I really do not enjoy because it was still nice to get some time with Russo This is right up the middle for Russo, not one of his lighter comedies or one of his heavy downers, it s a kind of a mystery built around character Lincoln, Teddy, and Mickey are all scholarship students at a small liberal arts college who end up working the same kitchen job They get to know each other, become friends, but their bond is cemented the night they watch the Vietnam draft lottery together Decades later, now almost old men, they are spending a weekend together on Martha s Vineyard While there, they are haunted by memories of their last trip to the island, spent with Jacy who no one ever saw again after that weekend.The reason I held my nose somewhat at this book is that this is your garden variety Lost Manic Pixie Dream Girl plot Jacy is just that kind of girl that every guy falls in love with She is bewitching She is charismatic She is unattainable This is a hard thing to get across, even for a writer of Russo s talents He is not the first Very Talented Writer to write this exact character and fail in this exact way At first no one is surprised Jacy has run off and abandoned her terrible fiance right before the wedding But so many years later, the guys can t help but wonder if something awful happened I still feel pretty comfortable recommending this book, even if you are not a fan of this type of plot There was something so relaxing about being in Russo s hands, letting him dive into these characters The ending is over too fast and seems awfully pat, though the characters themselves also note this and isn t quite as satisfying as it should be, but I still found it worthwhile flag 19 likesLike see review Ellen Hernandez I m a Russo fan, and this one is disappointing Empire Falls, Bridge of Sighs, Straight Man, all better 1 hour, 1 min ago Jul 13, 2019 Amy rated it liked it So conflicted about this book I loved Richard Russo s work through Empire Falls or so, and then it just seemed like he was hitting the same beats over and over And this book is definitely standard issue Russo with his extremely specific checklist working class middle aged guy with daddy issues check deceased mother who was a goddamned saint check who also had a seaside getaway that was the only place that brought her joy check Martha s Vineyard this time a smart but exasperated w So conflicted about this book I loved Richard Russo s work through Empire Falls or so, and then it just seemed like he was hitting the same beats over and over And this book is definitely standard issue Russo with his extremely specific checklist working class middle aged guy with daddy issues check deceased mother who was a goddamned saint check who also had a seaside getaway that was the only place that brought her joy check Martha s Vineyard this time a smart but exasperated wife who s thisclose to being a harridan but still good natured enough to put up with the protagonist s shit so he knows he s lucky to have her and should probably tell her often check a supporting cast of crusty comic diner owners, cops, reprobates, professors, adult kids, and other locals always engaging in gritty witty conversations in bars, police stations, bleachers, and backyards checkity check He mixes it up for this book by making it a mystery told through the perspectives of three middle aged men with daddy issues Lincoln, Teddy, and Mickey guys who met at a small liberal arts college in the late 60s, where they were all in love with Jacy, a Greenwich sorority girl who disappeared after spending the weekend with them at Martha s Vineyard in 1971, just after graduation, right before her wedding, and just as Mickey was about to ship off to Vietnam We get lots of backstory about the guys, of course But what do we know of Jacy that inspires such devotion Well, she was braless And wild and free, of course But mostly braless that s the main adjective that describes her until we find out ca page 240 that she also had dark curly hair And her manic pixie dream ghost has been titting boobily through the psyches of these three dolts such that they have been unable to get their shit together for the ensuing 44 years Honestly This made me furious.And yet I couldn t stop reading Russo knows how to tell a story He writes incredible dialogue He digs into some larger questions about friendship and aging and class in interesting ways I just wish he knew anything at all about people who are not old white guys with daddy issues flag 20 likesLike see review View all 10 comments Marti Mart Liked your review, and I am of that era and yes I remember braless but I think what Amy is getting at is that instead of delineating Jacys character t Liked your review, and I am of that era and yes I remember braless but I think what Amy is getting at is that instead of delineating Jacys character the bralessness is just cheap shorthand to convey a character that isn t really developed haha Also found the ending very unsatisfactory and the character of Teddy to be so annoyingly drippy and droopy I wanted to smack him and tell him to Man Up Aug 28, 2019 12 31PM Linda Thanks yes I was not offended by the braless aspect spellcheck corrected it to brainless I think often those it girls are a little vacuous and th Thanks yes I was not offended by the braless aspect spellcheck corrected it to brainless I think often those it girls are a little vacuous and there is not much to define them except the effect they have on others.I am not a huge fan of Breakfast at Tiffanys but even Holly Golightly is defined by cliches and we learn about her from the other characters.Kind of the same in this case I dont think there ever was a lot to develop she was sort of the essence of the moment lost in time that ephemeral being that got away Aug 28, 2019 01 47PM Aug 18, 2019 Alex rated it liked it 3.5A solid but not great exploration of male friendship Looking at three friends decades after meeting, Russo explores a sad mystery that has shaped their lives since the end of college The story has a moments of profound introspection but at the same time I found the writing less than exciting My first Russo, probably not the best starting point but I ll be back flag 13 likesLike see review Ellen Hernandez I m a Russo fan, and this one is disappointing Empire Falls, Bridge of Sighs, Straight Man, all better 59 minutes ago May 23, 2019 Mary Lins rated it really liked it I m on record that Richard Russo is one of my very favorite authors, so I was thrilled to get my hands on Chances Are his latest novel Predictably, I fell in love with his characters, enjoyed his inimitable wit, and didn t want the ride to end and I cast the movie in my mind Three men, all 66 years old Lincoln, Teddy, and Mickey former college buddies get together on Martha s Vineyard in 2015, 44 years after they spent a pivotal, and possibly fatal, weekend there in 1971 Russo deftly I m on record that Richard Russo is one of my very favorite authors, so I was thrilled to get my hands on Chances Are his latest novel Predictably, I fell in love with his characters, enjoyed his inimitable wit, and didn t want the ride to end and I cast the movie in my mind Three men, all 66 years old Lincoln, Teddy, and Mickey former college buddies get together on Martha s Vineyard in 2015, 44 years after they spent a pivotal, and possibly fatal, weekend there in 1971 Russo deftly unspools the stories of the three men, as he ratchets up the suspense regarding the disappearance of their friend and crush Jacy Russo isn t known for mysteries and twists , but he can sure spin them, and the last 100 pages are un put down able What he IS known for is revealing the inner life of men, and for producing pitch perfect dialogue between men, and between men and the women they love These three men, in particular, were affected by the Vietnam War and there is a scene where they all await their draft numbers to be called in 1969 Russo knows that the Vietnam War had a profound effect on the country, but particularly on the young men of the era, which persists to this day Chances Are is about the chances that we take or don t take in life, and about the consequences of those choices.Teddy, an editor, muses that the theme of Sin and Redemption is not currently in style or PC, but it can be said that Russo s entire oeuvre is about sin and redemption as it is played out with compassion among all his male characters across his many novels It s his strength and our gift flag 12 likesLike see review View 2 comments Aug 20, 2019 Martie Nees Record rated it really liked it Genre Literary MysteryPublisher Knopf DoubledayPublication Date July 30, 2019The new novel by Pulitzer Prize winning author Richard Russo is about the complexities of male friendship This is not a new theme for the author Here written with his trademark humor, Russo introduces us to three male Vietnam era college friends who are now in their mid sixties They are having a weekend reunion together on Martha s Vineyard Think Springsteen s Glory Days It was there that they had a last hoora Genre Literary MysteryPublisher Knopf DoubledayPublication Date July 30, 2019The new novel by Pulitzer Prize winning author Richard Russo is about the complexities of male friendship This is not a new theme for the author Here written with his trademark humor, Russo introduces us to three male Vietnam era college friends who are now in their mid sixties They are having a weekend reunion together on Martha s Vineyard Think Springsteen s Glory Days It was there that they had a last hoorah weekend after graduating from college and going on their separate ways The difference between the weekends is that in 1970 they also had a female friend with them All three were in love with her The book s title comes from the singer Johnny Mathis Chances are cause I wear a silly grin, the moment you come into view The girl has now been missing for over 40 years This reviewer was expecting to read a novel focusing on friendships and growing older The mystery part surprised me I never read the book blurb since I would read anything by Russo The novel is told from each of the male characters viewpoints One becomes financially successful, another is broken in multiple ways, and the third still plays in his rock and roll band Russo s style is similar to the author Elizabeth Strout in her Pulitzer Prize winning novel, Olive Kitteridge Both are stellar at connecting the reader to ordinary people who are living through their wounds as well as their joys The suspense of the mystery is good, but the ending is a bit of a disappointment When we learn what happened to the missing girl, the explanation is hard to buy, especially considering the bond between the men Saying would be a spoiler Still, the rich descriptions of Russo s classic Empire Falls can be found in Chances His flawed but decent male characters show us the best of men Once you finish the book, it hard not to reflect on your own life, especially if you are in your sixties, as I am The author s clarity and insight make Chances a thought provoking and page turning read.Find all my book reviews at flag 16 likesLike see review View all 4 comments Jul 31, 2019 Bonnie Brody rated it liked it Richard Russo is one of those writers who really knows how to write about men Like Stegner and Hemingway, the testosterone flows through his narrative as though it is organic The male characters don t have to talk that much about themselves just their conversations and dialogue convince the reader that we are entering male territory.The story takes place on Martha s Vineyard where Lincoln has a home Lincoln, Micky, and Teddy, now 66 years old, meet in 2015 for a reunion The three met while Richard Russo is one of those writers who really knows how to write about men Like Stegner and Hemingway, the testosterone flows through his narrative as though it is organic The male characters don t have to talk that much about themselves just their conversations and dialogue convince the reader that we are entering male territory.The story takes place on Martha s Vineyard where Lincoln has a home Lincoln, Micky, and Teddy, now 66 years old, meet in 2015 for a reunion The three met while slinging hash in a sorority while scholarship students in a New England College They have not seen each other in over a decade Lincoln works in real estate, is married, and has 6 children Teddy never married and has been putting all his energy into editing and publishing a slow fading magazine focusing on the themes of love and faith He is prone to spells which appear to be a form of panic attacks and bi polar disorder marked euphoria followed by depressive episodes Micky, at 6 6 , has always been a formidable man and even with his burgeoning beer belly, he is someone to be reckoned with As a college student, he was not known for his impulse control He has always loved music and is still in a rock band While this reunion is, on the surface, to reconnect, it is also about a young woman named Jacy, with whom they were all in love with when young, and who disappeared from their lives Though she was engaged to a rich and upscale guy while in college, she was still one of the guys and could by found regularly with Teddy, Micky, and Lincoln The mystery has always remained as to what happened to Jacy.As the book begins with the backdrop of the three men s childhood, it progresses to their reunion on Martha s Vineyard Dynamics are observed, secrets are revealed and the narrative is told primarily in Lincoln and Teddy s voices, alternating between the two.I have to admit to an aversion to Greek life on campus, to those who participate in it and those who revere it I was immediately turned off by the large part that sororities played early in the novel I didn t get the focus on this aspect of the novel I would have thought these guys would be attracted to someone very unlike Jacy But then, I m not a guy so what do I know, Russo can write, really write well, and though I didn t consider this his best book, any of his books are better than most that come off the presses these days If you ever had a college experience, remember the Vietnam draft, and lived through the 1960 s and 1970 s, there will be a lot to make you feel at home with the background of this novel flag 9 likesLike see review View all 6 comments Jul 16, 2019 Greg Zimmerman rated it really liked it First appeared at Russo is back Woohoo Chances Are is his first stand alone novel in 10 years, after the sequel Everybody s Fool in 2016, a short story collection, and some essays The new novel is something wholly unique for Russo a literary mystery But it s also unmistakably him His warm, inviting, dad humor style is on full display here, even as he s building suspense.The story is about three lifelong friends Lincoln, Teddy, and Micke First appeared at Russo is back Woohoo Chances Are is his first stand alone novel in 10 years, after the sequel Everybody s Fool in 2016, a short story collection, and some essays The new novel is something wholly unique for Russo a literary mystery But it s also unmistakably him His warm, inviting, dad humor style is on full display here, even as he s building suspense.The story is about three lifelong friends Lincoln, Teddy, and Mickey who gather at Lincoln s cottage on Martha s Vineyard for one last hurrah before he sells it The three, now 66 years old, had a similar weekend 44 years earlier, in 1971, just after graduating college, only that time they had a fourth A beautiful, enigmatic woman named Jacy, with whom they were all in love.But then Jacy disappeared And as the three friends gather again, they re each haunted in different ways by the mystery, never solved, of her disappearance Lincoln starts poking around with the local police Teddy revisits some spots on the island for nostalgia s sake And Mickey, well, Mickey is just as enigmatic as Jacy was a Harley riding rock star, he is a bit different than his two buttoned down buddies, Lincoln a successful real estate agent and Teddy, who s lived a quiet life as the head of small indie press.As always, Russo s care for his characters is readily apparent And that makes this a terrific read, as is the case with all his books Frankly, this ll likely go down as a minor novel when we re all looking back at his distinguished career He makes some odd choices in the last third as we hurdle toward the resolution of the mystery Still, though, I thoroughly enjoyed reading this He s always a must read for me and this novel, while certainly a middle tier book for him, is still a must read if you re a Russo fan, too flag 9 likesLike see review View 1 comment May 28, 2019 switterbug Betsey rated it liked it Shelves received kindly from publisher Hop on a Russo book if you want characters with character The men and women are woeful, rueful, and belly fulla angsty wit Moreover, they brim with shadows, blind spots, ghosts, darkness and light CHANCES ARE doesn t disappoint with his cast of characters, who could walk off the pages and into your lives There s stifled passion and mournful regret all tucked inside their bones It s a book about the chances you take, the choices you make, and the secrets that eat at your heart and the atone Hop on a Russo book if you want characters with character The men and women are woeful, rueful, and belly fulla angsty wit Moreover, they brim with shadows, blind spots, ghosts, darkness and light CHANCES ARE doesn t disappoint with his cast of characters, who could walk off the pages and into your lives There s stifled passion and mournful regret all tucked inside their bones It s a book about the chances you take, the choices you make, and the secrets that eat at your heart and the atonement you thirst for in your soul As you turn the pages, the pressure mounts toward the final disclosures between Lincoln, Mickey, and Teddy the three Musketeers one for all and all for one Russo keeps his characters around long after you close the book In the sixties, three scholarship students meet at a liberal arts college on Martha s Vineyard They become lifelong friends with long stretches in between After almost a decade of distance, they decide to spend Labor Day weekend 2015 at Lincoln s summerhouse on the Vineyard, provoking misty memories and murky wounds It s 44 years after graduation, and they are 66 years old They recall their friendship with each other and with their fourth Musketeer, Jacy, the well heeled sorority woman they were all a little or a lot in love with, even Lincoln, despite embarking on a new relationship with his future wife They remember the night in December of 69 when they watched the draft lottery on TV, waiting to see what their numbers were I remember that myself, in the fevered tension of my living room, with two brothers to worry about The stricken mood as one of them got 9, Vietnam deferred till finishing college And then came Memorial Day weekend after graduation, their last together with Jacy, who disappeared mysteriously and forever from them, her family, and her fianc , never to be heard from again It still casts a shadow over their lives, and is hovering over this 2015 weekend Jacy is the avid ghost, a permanent presence and absence that wreaks havoc on their reunion weekend.Despite the superb characterizations, Russo flailed with his plot The last third of the novel was overcrowded with excessive storylines and info dumps, meandering and rambling and tacking on material that didn t connect well to the earlier narrative flow This was a quick read I finished in less than two days, but the superfluous drama was unnecessary and disappointing, and unfurled like declarative broadcasts I was engaged and then I couldn t wait for it to end But Chances Are Russo fans will want to decide for themselves.Thank you to Random House for an early copy flag 9 likesLike see review Aug 14, 2019 Matthew rated it really liked it Bias can be fascinating More often than not and rightfully so it can be seen as prejudicial, painfully close minded What gets swept under the rug, though, is the fervency which causes said bias to begin with I could site countless personal examples the entire catalog of Radiohead and their many side projects, for instance but you re not here for those You re here for my admittedly biased take on the latest novel from one of my most beloved authors or so I presume Which is to say Ric Bias can be fascinating More often than not and rightfully so it can be seen as prejudicial, painfully close minded What gets swept under the rug, though, is the fervency which causes said bias to begin with I could site countless personal examples the entire catalog of Radiohead and their many side projects, for instance but you re not here for those You re here for my admittedly biased take on the latest novel from one of my most beloved authors or so I presume Which is to say Richard Russo s Chances Are isn t his best work It s not even in the top 5 That didn t make it any less enjoyable for me, however, as I m undeniably a fanboy Russo could rewrite the Yellow Pages and I d still deem it brilliant Sure, I am biased, but it doesn t come with even an ounce of discrimination or ill will Simply put, I am passionate about my favorites, and Russo is, to me, a treasure The Pulitzer winner s latest tells the story of three college friends, now in their mid 60 s, and the long weekend they spend together on Martha s Vineyard Lincoln is a Vegas area real estate developer, married with a half dozen children It s his cottage in which the friends rendezvous we learn early on the significance of this property, as it acts as one of the many subplots Chances Are has to offer Teddy is an editor at a small publishing house in upstate New York Afflicted with an unknown condition, he often finds himself on the verge of spells Mickey is the yang to the other two s yin, a gruff rock and roller who dodged the draft in favor of a life as a touring musician in Canada The three seem to pick up where they left off despite the many decades that have passed, and Russo poignantly reflects on their time together as students at a small East Coast liberal arts school in the wake of the Vietnam War It s during these flashbacks we get a true sense of who these guys were, and were to later become It s also when we re introduced to a mysterious girl named Jacy, a fellow student and member of the sorority in which the three buddies slung hash A whole lot beautiful and a little bit wild, all three are naturally in love with her yet, if anything, she s the 4th Musketeer of their motley crew Until, after spending a holiday weekend at Lincoln s cottage in 1971, she disappears into thin air Naturally, as the trio of friends reunite in the same location whereupon this disappearance occurred, they reflect upon it They speculate They hypothesize They snoop around Most of all, they take chances.On the surface it s easy to call Chances Are a mystery, and that s not totally inaccurate Moreover, it s a story of friendship, of aging, and fittingly enough of chances, both taken and not Whether or not Jacy s fate is uncovered is arbitrary to the bigger picture Russo paints Chances Are is about how the things we keep secret tend to be right at the center of who we are And really there s no better author at detailing this center than Richard Russo Would I have felt differently about Chances Are had another author s name graced its cover Chances are likely cue rimshot , but not too significantly I really only had issues with how Russo chose to resolve his story, but the characters presented are just as endearing, the pastoral setting just as appealing And the dialogue As whip smart as ever And while it s not on the same pedestal as Empire Falls or the Sully novels, Chances Are showcases that a legend such as Richard Russo still has many great stories to tell And I m here for all of them.But then again, I m a bit bias flag 8 likesLike see review View 1 comment Aug 08, 2019 Kasa Cotugno rated it really liked it Shelves loc usa new england It s true, those of our generation remember well the first induction lottery The almost dispassionate manner in which the numbers that would change lives forever were called out Luck of the draw Chances are Something that decides your fate that you have absolutely no control over date of your birth In Richard Russo s latest, 3 men, all in their mid sixties who remember the night 44 years ago they watched this lottery play out on a small black and white tv, return to the place they last we It s true, those of our generation remember well the first induction lottery The almost dispassionate manner in which the numbers that would change lives forever were called out Luck of the draw Chances are Something that decides your fate that you have absolutely no control over date of your birth In Richard Russo s latest, 3 men, all in their mid sixties who remember the night 44 years ago they watched this lottery play out on a small black and white tv, return to the place they last were together a lovely house out on Cape Cod, a legacy of one of them They are also visited by the ghost of the lovely woman they thought of as their D Artagnan, who they all loved who disappeared that weekend and never resurfaced That to me was the least of the pleasures of this book discovering her fate, but Russo as always creates a world that pulls the reader in, and by invoking a pivotal piece of history to many, holds that reader to the very end flag 8 likesLike see review View 2 comments Aug 10, 2019 Carole added it Shelves read 2019, mystery, gave up on I read half the book when I decided to throw in the towel I think it s a good story with a good mystery but I just didn t like all the F bombs and other swears that were used fairly often I know that was how the guys talked, just not for me Otherwise it would be a great read flag 7 likesLike see review View 1 comment Aug 10, 2019 Jo Marie rated it it was ok Maybe 2 1 2 stars, but really disappointing by an author whose books I ve enjoyed so much A good part of this book seemed like a plodding prologue and in the last 50 pages we re finally told the whole story There s some good stuff in here but surprisingly a lot of dull writing also flag 9 likesLike see review Bayneeta Was just about to start this, but it s going right back in the bag for return to the library Thanks for saving me the time and effort to use for some Was just about to start this, but it s going right back in the bag for return to the library Thanks for saving me the time and effort to use for something satisfying Aug 11, 2019 06 43AM Elyse Walters I soooo agree Aug 16, 2019 04 31AM Ellen Hernandez I m a Russo fan, and this one is disappointing Empire Falls, Bridge of Sighs, Straight Man, all better 58 minutes ago Aug 14, 2019 Sam Sattler rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves literary novel Richard Russo is one of those writers who has not felt compelled to publish a novel every year just because so many of us have come to expect that from our favorite authors and his slower pace is reflected in the consistently high quality of his work Russo, who was first published in 1986 Mohawk , won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction some sixteen years later with what was only his fifth book, Empire Falls Chances Are is only his ninth novel he has also published two short story collections, Richard Russo is one of those writers who has not felt compelled to publish a novel every year just because so many of us have come to expect that from our favorite authors and his slower pace is reflected in the consistently high quality of his work Russo, who was first published in 1986 Mohawk , won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction some sixteen years later with what was only his fifth book, Empire Falls Chances Are is only his ninth novel he has also published two short story collections, a memoir, and a collection of essays in a career that now spans something like thirty five years And it is one very fine novel.It s September, and most of the tourists and summer residents have finally packed up and left Martha s Vineyard for another year But three sixty six year old men, friends since they first met as college freshmen, have decided to spend a weekend on the island catching up and reminiscing about the experiences they shared in the crazy 1960s The men are still close friends but have not been together for ten years, so there is a lot to talk about The real question is how willing they are to share some of the secrets they ve been hiding from each other.Lincoln is now a commercial real estate broker in Las Vegas where he lives with his wife, the mother of his six children As he tells it, he is financially comfortable now, but he was a much richer man in 2008 before the crash Consequently, Lincoln is under some pressure to sell the Martha s Vineyard property he inherited from his mother Teddy is an academic who runs a tiny press for a university in Syracuse and has discovered that he is very good at fixing things especially broken books Mickey, who lives in nearby Cape Cod, is a musician who fronts a regionally popular band and enjoys much the same lifestyle that he has lived since he was in his twenties Of the three men, he is the one who seems to have changed the least since they went to school together in Connecticut.However, there is someone missing from this reunion, and all three men feel her absence deep down inside themselves Jacy was the sorority girl they were all in love with, each of them secretly hoping that he would be the one Jacy chose to spend the rest of her life with despite how guilty they still feel about having been so willing to betray the trust and friendship of the other two Musketeers if that s what it took to win Jacy s love But then, in 1971 during their last weekend together, Jacy disappeared from the island, never to be heard from again, and that kind of betrayal became unnecessary What, though, happened to Jacy Her disappearance was never solved, and when Lincoln starts asking questions about that weekend, disturbing answers begin to surface.Chances Are, despite the unsolved mystery it centers itself around, is not really a mystery novel Rather, it is a literary novel that depends on its exceptionally well developed characters to keep its readers turning pages Russo proves himself to be such a master of misdirection here that his readers are certain to be fascinated as the author subtly reveals one clue after the other about who Lincoln, Teddy, Mickey, and Jacy are and how they became those people And, too, this one has one of the most satisfying and well written endings that I ve read so far this year Chances Are is one I ll be recommending to my friends for years to come flag 6 likesLike see review View 1 comment Aug 16, 2019 Denise Reed rated it liked it As a huge fan of Nobody s Fool and That Old Cape Magic, I couldn t wait to read Russo s newest work Not to mention, Russo lives in Portland, Maine, and I m always happy to support local authors, but I must say, I found Chances Are rather disappointing overall In fact, a few times I wondered if Russo actually wrote it, as it was lacking his usual rich descriptions and scenery depth I felt like if he d ever been to Martha s Vineyard, it was clearly as a weekend tourist Also, his male cha As a huge fan of Nobody s Fool and That Old Cape Magic, I couldn t wait to read Russo s newest work Not to mention, Russo lives in Portland, Maine, and I m always happy to support local authors, but I must say, I found Chances Are rather disappointing overall In fact, a few times I wondered if Russo actually wrote it, as it was lacking his usual rich descriptions and scenery depth I felt like if he d ever been to Martha s Vineyard, it was clearly as a weekend tourist Also, his male characters, which are historically compelling, strong, and intriguing, were lackluster and honestly, kind of boring I thought it took way too long for the storyline to gain any ground There was so much backstory for the three main protagonists, Lincoln, Teddy, and Mickey that it started dragging and then the what happened to Jacy 40 years ago plot just didn t really work as a plot device for me The three men, who were once so passionately connected as friends, but then seemed to forget about a girl who went missing decades ago while with them, and then all of a sudden care again because they were all still in love with her 40 years later, seemed a big stretch Also, the constant insertion of political religious opinions were oddly placed and didn t add anything whatsoever to the story stereotyping at its finest, which is always a pet peeve of mine One of the reasons I read fiction is to forget about the world around me, including politics and religion, so I am always a little turned off when an author beleaguers a point, one way or another It s just not the venue, in my humble opinion.That being said, I did like the history references to the Vietnam draft and its ramifications on a generation and I was also pleasantly surprised that the ending was a little less than predictable, although I thought prolonging the book into a time beyond where it ended would have added some needed depth to the characters Overall, not a Pulitzer Prize winner under any circumstance, but at least I didn t finish it feeling like I wasted my time 3.5 stars rounded down to 3 flag 4 likesLike see review View 2 comments Aug 08, 2019 Laura rated it did not like it review of another edition Oh Richard Russo you break my heart with this one I found this whodunit unbelievable and not all that interesting It s hard to believe it was written by the same person that wrote Empire Falls and Nobody s Fool Russo s books have a lot of stereotypes and tropes and usually I find them hilarious I don t mind them showing up over and over in his novels This time, not so much I find the Christian Southern Republican stereotypes here downright offensive Maybe his other stereotypes are just as Oh Richard Russo you break my heart with this one I found this whodunit unbelievable and not all that interesting It s hard to believe it was written by the same person that wrote Empire Falls and Nobody s Fool Russo s books have a lot of stereotypes and tropes and usually I find them hilarious I don t mind them showing up over and over in his novels This time, not so much I find the Christian Southern Republican stereotypes here downright offensive Maybe his other stereotypes are just as glaring that of academics maybe but I just identify with this group I don t know Anyway I don t like it Apparently Catholics get a pass They can be trusted not to take seriously any of the embarrassing teachings And I don t like Trump a bit but all the Trump griping in this book is just distracting And what s with the author s obsession with women going braless It could be just that I have my feelings hurt But I don t think so I think this just isn t a good book So sad because most of the author s other books are so great flag 4 likesLike see review View all 4 comments Aug 10, 2019 Tara Marion rated it it was ok I never connected with these characters flag 5 likesLike see review View 1 comment Jun 18, 2019 Stephanie rated it it was amazing Chances Are, by Richard Russo, is one of those great summer reads for Boomers set on an island, with reminiscences galore, back to the late 60s early 70s, with references to Vietnam, college adventures and relationships, and then the counterpoint of the kind of wistfulness that people in their mid sixties get when they look back at their younger, less cynical selves.Back in their college days, there were the Four Musketeers three very different guys and Jacy, the girl they all loved in their o Chances Are, by Richard Russo, is one of those great summer reads for Boomers set on an island, with reminiscences galore, back to the late 60s early 70s, with references to Vietnam, college adventures and relationships, and then the counterpoint of the kind of wistfulness that people in their mid sixties get when they look back at their younger, less cynical selves.Back in their college days, there were the Four Musketeers three very different guys and Jacy, the girl they all loved in their own ways They spend a last Memorial Day weekend on Martha s Vineyard prior to scattering to their various new lives right after college graduation and then Jacy disappears The story is set as the three guys gather for a kind of reunion, back on the island, and their various lives are contrasted as they look back and examine their current situations The characters of the three guys are EXTREMELY well drawn, and the mystery surrounding Jacy s disappearance is intriguing as the story unfolds I didn t guess the resolution, but that s no big deal, because I pretty much NEVER see it coming whatever it happens to be Loved the setting, loved the characterizations, loved the story Five stars flag 4 likesLike see review Aug 11, 2019 Laurene rated it really liked it It was so hard waiting to get my hands on the newest Richard Russo s novel The novel takes place on Martha s Vineyard In the town of the picturesque town of Chilmark Three college friends are getting together for a weekend reunion The characters are well developed as well as their background stories I felt an immediate connection with them Interwoven as one of the main background stories were the Draft Lottery I can hardly imagine the anxiety, anger and fear this caused A person s life It was so hard waiting to get my hands on the newest Richard Russo s novel The novel takes place on Martha s Vineyard In the town of the picturesque town of Chilmark Three college friends are getting together for a weekend reunion The characters are well developed as well as their background stories I felt an immediate connection with them Interwoven as one of the main background stories were the Draft Lottery I can hardly imagine the anxiety, anger and fear this caused A person s life was changed by a random drawing Where you thought you were headed was completely changed This depended on which end of the telescope you were looking through The older you got, the likely you d be looking at your life through the wrong end, because it stripped away life s clutter, providing a sharper image,as well as the impression of inevitability Character was destiny As the ancient Greeks understood, was it possible to interrupt or meaningfully alter this chain of events once the story was underway Looking at things through the proper end also resulted in distortion by making distant things seem closer than they really were, but at least you were looking in the direction your life was heading It wasn t in fact possible to strip life of it s clutter for the simple reason that life was clutter If free will turned out to be an illusion, wasn t it a necessary one, if life was to have any meaning at all More to the point, what if it wasn t What if you were presented with meaningful choices, maybe even a few that were capable of altering your trajectory flag 3 likesLike see review Aug 19, 2019 Ed rated it really liked it This is the type of novel I don t normally read but I made an exception for the author of Pulitzer Prize winning Empire Falls , the outrageously funny Straight Man and one of my all time favorite novels Nobody s Fool The story revolves around three 66 year old college friends who meet on Martha s Vineyard in an effort to reconnect and speculate on what happened to the girl they loved The character driven plot was powered by long conversations exposing a series of interconnected vignettes This is the type of novel I don t normally read but I made an exception for the author of Pulitzer Prize winning Empire Falls , the outrageously funny Straight Man and one of my all time favorite novels Nobody s Fool The story revolves around three 66 year old college friends who meet on Martha s Vineyard in an effort to reconnect and speculate on what happened to the girl they loved The character driven plot was powered by long conversations exposing a series of interconnected vignettes that I thought slowed the development of the story Unfortunately, none of the characters displayed Russo s biting wit but overall a solid novel flag 4 likesLike see review previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next new topicDiscuss This Book topics posts views last activity The Little Book t Folder 1 Chances Are 2 5 Jul 11, 2019 05 26PM The Little Book t Folder 3 Chances Are 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    1. Richard Russo

      RICHARD RUSSO is the author of seven previous novels two collections of stories and Elsewhere, 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.

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    1. I can t remember encountering a Richard Russo character who doesn t seem real, as someone I could know or as someone with flaws who reminds me that all of us are flawed or that all of us are vulnerable in one way or another Having read all of his novels and most of his shorter fiction, I have come to expect this connection that he allows us to make with his characters He did not disappoint in his latest novel Three sixty six year old men, college friends from the 60 s meet 44 years later on I ca [...]


    2. NOW AVAILABLE 4 1 2 rounded down to a 4.Oh my goodness this book takes me back My husband, who was then my boyfriend, and I also sat in front of a TV in 1969 when the draft lottery was televised He had a college deferment and fortunately his number was high, but the anxiety of that particular time was off the charts high Imagine your future decided by the random calling out of a number, whether you were able to continue on the path you were leading or got sent to Vietnam None of my frie NOW AVAI [...]


    3. Friends from college and now sixty six years old, three men reunite at a house on Martha s Vineyard owned by one of them During their Vietnam era college years, all of them were in love with the same privileged, rebellious girl who rounded out their friendly foursome What is the possibility or chance that she was in love with one of them From the vantage point of age each man considers his life as it exists today and as it was as a college student One plays it safe, one plays it fast and loo Fri [...]


    4. Who in their f cking world would listen to Cat Stevens Really ME This novel exasperated the heck out of mewith lengthy inconsequential long winded loquacious ramblings I enjoyed meeting Richard Russo at a book reading I ve always been certain that I would love Russo s storytelling but there is too much uninteresting ramblings in this book I ll read Empire Falls sometime but this being my first impression of the established American author leaves me disappointed I found Who in their f cking world [...]


    5. Over forty years have passed since these three men met during the sixties in college, and now that they ve reached their sixties, they ve gathered together on Martha s Vineyard for the weekend As we hear their stories, and know what secrets they are holding, keeping them to themselves, there is another story that slowly starts to be unveiled, as well.Revisiting the early years of the war in Vietnam, they reflect back on the night of the first draft lottery, sitting around a tiny black and white [...]


    6. Think of the way you looked at things in 1969, and how you see them now, 50 years later Any differences Reflect on what you can afford to lose in life, about proximate cause versus remote causes What part does luck play in the scenario There is a buried truth here that will be uncovered, based on a lie that was never actually uttered This author draws a bead on his characters and it is faultless Wry observations on the aging process may have you nodding or smiling ruefully I am Think of the way [...]


    7. Three sixty six year old men, friends since college in the 60 s. meet up on Martha s Vineyard for a weekend. these are three very different type of men, then and now, and they all were secretly in love with a girl from their college days who completed their foursome All for one, one for all As the men come together on the island they are all still puzzling over an occurrence that happened here on Memorial weekend 1971 and as the story unfolds we find out all about their lives, their families Thr [...]


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