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Chances Are . . .
A novel
By (author): Richard Russo
9781101971994 Paperback, Trade English General Trade FICTION / Literary Jul 07, 2020
$22.00 CAD
Active 5.19 x 7.97 x 0.71 in | 0.51 lb 320 pages Vintage
From the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Empire Falls comes a new revelation: a riveting story about the abiding yet complex power of friendship.

One beautiful September day, three men convene on Martha’s Vineyard, friends since meeting in college circa the sixties. They couldn’t have been more 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 on the Vineyard in 1971: the disappearance of the woman each of them loved—Jacy Rockafellow. Now, more than forty years later, as this new weekend unfolds, three lives 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. For both longtime fans and lucky newcomers, Russo’s latest is a stunning demonstration of a highly acclaimed author deepening and expanding his remarkable achievement.

Publication History: Knopf hardcover, July 2019

A LITERARY EVENT: Chances Are… is Russo’s first freestanding novel in a decade—a highly anticipated publication for his many fans.

EARLY PRAISE: Reviews are calling the novel “wonderful” (The Boston Globe), “affecting” (The New York Times Book Review), “bewitching” (Booklist, starred review) and “eloquent” (Kirkus Reviews, starred review).

SALES TRACK: Richard Russo’s titles have netted millions of copies at Vintage. We’ve repackaged his backlist recently and have continued the series look in his latest Vintage title, The Destiny Thief.

BELOVED, AWARD-WINNING AUTHOR: Winner of a Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, author of multiple bestselling novels, a figure beloved for his warmth and authenticity, Russo is one of the most successful writers working today. Both Empire Falls and Nobody’s Fool were adapted to film—Empire Falls in an HBO miniseries, Nobody’s Fool in a feature film starring Paul Newman, Melanie Griffith, Bruce Willis, and Jessica Tandy.

RICHARD RUSSO is the author of eight previous novels, two collections of stories, a collection of essays, and the memoir Elsewhere. 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; in 2016 he was given the Indie Champion Award by the American Booksellers Association; and in 2017 he received France’s Grand Prix de Littérature Américaine. He lives in Portland, Maine, where his daughter Emily runs Print, a terrific indie bookstore.

Author Residence: Portland, ME

Author Hometown: Gloversville, NY

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“[Russo’s] first novel in ten years hits the ball out of the park…Along with his wry eye for irony and regret, [Russo] offers up a compelling mystery…When the denouement comes, it’s a stunner. Nevertheless, all bombshells feel earned. If you’re on a hammock in the Vineyard or under a tent in Acadia, or slumped over the fire escape of your hot city apartment, chances are your chances are awfully good that you’ll lap up this gripping, wise, and wonderful summer treat.”— Mameve Medwed, The Boston Globe

“A cascade of charm…Each [character is] so appealing that you hate to let him go, though you’ll quickly feel just as fond of the next one…One of the great pleasures of Chances Are… stems from how gracefully Russo moves the story along two time frames, creating that uncanny sense of memories that feel simultaneously near and remote…Russo is an undeniably endearing writer, and chances are this story will draw you back to the most consequential moments in your own life.” —Ron Charles, The Washington Post

Chances Are… is, at heart, less a mystery than an evocation of what happens when [its characters] discover that ’the membrane separating sympathy from pity could be paper thin’…. The cloud of remorse that hangs over [the novel] can be affecting precisely because these old friends have so much difficulty articulating their emotions. Will they be able to open up to whatever the future holds?” —Alida Becker, The New York Times Book Review

“Irresistible…with the complexities of human relationships, from first love to parenthood to aging [and] rich with humor.” —Colette Bancroft, Tampa Bay Times

“No one understands men better than Russo, and no one is more eloquent in explaining how they think, suffer, and love. At a rough time for masculinity, Russo’s flawed but always decent characters are repositories of the classic virtues of their gender…. [Chances Are…] blends everything we love about this author with something new. Yes, this is a novel about male friendship, fathers and sons, small-town class issues, and lifelong crushes, and it provides the familiar pleasure of immersion in the author’s distinctive, richly observed world and his inimitable ironic voice. But this is also a mystery about a 1971 cold case.”—Kirkus (starred)

“For his first stand-alone novel in 10 years, Russo has written a bewitching tale of male friendship with thriller elements…This is vintage Russo with a cunning twist.”Carol Haggas, Booklist (starred)

“A surprising work that is as much a mystery as a meditation on secrets and friendship…a moving portrait of aging men who discover the world’s worst-kept secret:  You may not know the people you thought you were closest to.” —Michael Magras, BookPage

“Russo’s first standalone novel in a decade mixes his signature themes—father-and-son relationships, unrequited love, New England small-town living, and the hiccups of aging—with stealthy clue-dropping in a slow-to-build mystery…In the final stretch, surprising, long-kept secrets are revealed. This is vintage Russo.”—Publishers Weekly

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