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 ever 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 right here on the Vineyard in 1971: the disappearance of the woman each of them loved--Jacy Calloway. 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 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.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Pulitzer Prize winner Richard Russo has a gift for revealing men’s innermost desires and conflicts. In Chances Are..., he throws in a touch of mystery, upping the emotional stakes. Three retirement-age friends, Lincoln, Teddy, and Mickey, reunite on Martha’s Vineyard, where during the summer of 1971, they all fell in love with their college classmate Jacy, who disappeared from their lives shortly thereafter. Contemplating her absence, the pals finally confront the secrets and unanswered questions that continue to haunt them. Russo augments his signature world-weary humor with a thrilling pace that kept us bracing for surprises around every corner.
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Thank you, Mr. Russo.
This one by Richard Russo felt way too contrived. The characters were stereotypical. I found the unnecessary and frequent, one-way political jabs annoying. Russo seems preachy here. Not worth the price.