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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 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 beendifferent 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. Best Read [ Chances Are... ] author [ Richard Russo ] – groundhogwalking.co.uk

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  • Hardcover
  • 320 pages
  • Chances Are...
  • Richard Russo
  • English
  • 25 September 2017
  • 1101947748

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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 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 forev...

  2. 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 tell...

  3. 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 p...

  4. 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 thi 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 clo...

  5. 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 themt...

  6. 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 ...

  7. 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 wo...

  8. 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 b...

  9. 4.5 rounded up because I love books by Richard Russo I have read and enjoyed Straight Man, Nobody s Fool, Everybody s Fool, and Bridge Of Sighs, giving each one an enthusiastic five stars as I closed the book My excitement was total when I learned I was getting advance copy of Chances Are Russo books are wonderful, effortless experiences with well developed characters, and tightly woven plots When I turned the final page of Chances Are last night, I can only describe what I felt as mild disc 4.5 rounded up because I love books by Richard Russo I have read and enjoyed Straight Man, Nobody s Fool, Everybody s Fool, and Bridge Of Sighs, giving each one an enthusiastic five stars as I closed the book My excitement was total when I learned I was getting advance copy of Chances Are Russo books are wonderful, effortless experiences with well developed characters, and tightly woven plots When I turned the final page of Chances Are last night, I can only describe what I felt as mild discontent And maybe that was Russo s intention As to the following review, I am probably nitpicking only because I hold his books to such a high standard.Russo has always seemed to possess a window into human nature that is uncomplicated and smooth He knows what each character wants, thereby making their choices understandable Not so much with this book The young characters in Chances Are are put in serious situations during a time of war causing them to do things they might not do otherwise The war ...

  10. Russo is a wonderful writer and this new standalone book is no exception Lincoln, Teddy, and Mick were tight in college 40 years ago, having met at their necessary jobs as food workers in a sorority house Although their lives have taken separate pathways they get together every decade or so, this time with the excuse that Lincoln is about to sell his mother s old home, a place the old friends visited when in school We get to know them pretty well, somethan others, and we struggle with t Russo is a wonderful writer and this new standalone book is no exception Lincoln, Teddy, and Mick were tight in college 40 years ago, having met at their necessary jobs as food workers in a sorority house Although their lives have taken separate pathways they get together every decade or so, this time with the excuse that Lincoln is about to sell his mother s old home, a place the old friends visited when in school We get to know them pretty well, somethan others, and we struggle with them to figure out what happened to the privileged girl with whom they were all in love, who disappeared after their graduation celebration at the house The book works much better as a portrait of these three now aging men and of the personal factors and societal force...

  11. Three college friends now in their mid 60s reconnect at the Martha s Vineyard house where they spent the Memorial Day weekend after their college graduation 44 years ago Their return and the thoughts of one of them selling this old family home have raised many ghosts from the past, but particularly what happened to their friend Jacy who went missing that weekend They had all been at least partly in love with her, but at the time no one really seemed to dig much into her disappearance which was Three college friends now in their mid 60s reconnect at the Martha s Vineyard house where they spent the Memorial Day weekend after their college graduation 44 years ago Their return and the thoughts of one of them selling this old family home have raised many ghosts from the past, but particularly what happened to their friend Jacy who went missing that weekend They had all been at least partly in love with her, but at the time no one really seemed to dig much into her disappearance which was attributed to her running away from the fiance she didn t want to ma...

  12. Three friends from college, now in their 60s and successful in their careers, reunite at the coastal house where they spent a week after college graduation They ve kept in touch sort of , but none of them have spoken about the mystery surrounding the disappearance of the fourth member of their party the girl they all loved I have really enjoyed Richard Russo s books in the past He creates remarkable, fully formed characters with problems that are infinitely understandable and personal He Three friends from college, now in their 60s and successful in their careers, reunite at the coastal house where they spent a week after college graduation They ve kept in touch sort of , but none of them have spoken about the mystery surrounding the disappearance of the fourth member of their party the girl they all loved I have really enjoyed Richard Russo s books in the past He creates remarkable, fully formed characters with problems that are infinitely understandable and personal He creates settings that are easily imagined and make you wish you were living next door or down the street from his characters This book is a perfect example.Perhaps I related to these characters because I share their age and a similar past Passages about watching the Draft lottery for the Viet Nam war brought back memories and feelings long buried Although this is not historical fiction, the flashbacks are so real and true that the book could easily pas...