BELFAST — Author Richard Russo will give a free talk at Left Bank Books on Monday, August 12, at 7 p.m. Russo, who won the 2002 Pulitzer Prize in Fiction for his novel Empire Falls, will be celebrating the release (July 30) of his latest novel, Chances Are.Russo does not give many public talks, according to Left Bank Books, in a news release.
“In addition to his brilliance as a novelist, screenwriter, essayist and memoirist, he is a gifted public speaker who seemingly effortlessly blends insight into his craft with a sharp sense of humor,” said Left Bank. “This is a rare opportunity to meet one of our country’s finest writers.”
Chances Are is Russo’s first stand-alone novel in a decade, and it contains the heart, humor, and razor-sharp insight into small communities and class divisions. But the novel also takes readers in new directions and into the mysterious disappearance of a young woman that haunts the lives of its central characters.
Set on Martha’s Vineyard, Chances Are reunites three men in their mid-sixties who were Vietnam-era college buddies. As their stories unfold, readers learn that all three were in love with the same young woman at their alma matter – and that she mysteriously disappeared in 1971.
Russo’s talk and book signing are free and open to the public, but advance reservations are strongly encouraged, according to Left Bank. Call (338.9009) or email (email@example.com) Left Bank Books to pre-order any of Russo’s books.
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