Chances Are

Chances Are

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"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 friendship. One 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 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. 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"-- Provided by publisher
Three sixty-six-year old men convene on Martha's Vineyard, friends ever since meeting in college in 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. Each holds his own secrets, and are still puzzling over something that happened on a Memorial Day weekend right here on the Vineyard in 1971. Now, forty-four years later, as this new weekend unfolds, the distant past confounds the present-- and the mystery of Jacy Calloway, with whom all three were in love. -- adapted from jacket and perusal of book
"One 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 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. 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."-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2019
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2019
ISBN: 9781101947746
1101947748
Characteristics: 301 pages ; 25 cm

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bronteside
Sep 27, 2019

This is a story of three fairly decent men and the ghost they can’t stop
Loving.
Richard Russo’s well-crafted novel is a story of boomer success and
Individual failing...tucked behind a mystery of the woman’s whereabouts.
The importance is not in finding her, but in how they pivot adolescent
Disappointment into an emotional space of adult acceptance.

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CL_kcls
Sep 25, 2019

I was fascinated but mildly disappointed in 'Chances Are...', however that will NOT prevent my eager hope and expectation of and for whatever Richard Russo writes next. He's in my top 5 of favorite authors.

It was difficult for me to see where 'Chances Are...' was going. However the character development is fascinating. That they did not recognize their own growth nor each others (and, sometimes, their lack of it), and their limited understanding of it, is compelling.

"Was this what we wanted from our oldest friends? Reassurance that the world we remember so fondly still exists? That it hasn't been replaced by a reality we're less fully committed to?"

It takes this reunion weekend and a haunting mystery of their youth to allow them to examine themselves, their relationships - especially with their parents, their fathers in particular, how they got where they are and how they will go forward with this knowledge.

"How many times as a boy had he asked his parents for help only to have them snatch the paper or pen out of his hand and just do whatever it was that he needed help with, as if his presence in their lives and incessant demands on their lives were just too exhausting for words. Clearly, he wasn't worth their effort. If he had been, they'd have gladly spent time with him."

I sincerely hope that quote, nor any of the characters family histories did not come from the author's experience.

4.5 stars

smc_1 Sep 23, 2019

Fabulous writing, well-developed, complex characters, compelling plot! You can never go wrong with Richard Russo.

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msmari50
Sep 17, 2019

A bit slow in the beginning. The characters are very well developed. I enjoyed this book.

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pharra19
Aug 28, 2019

Superb writing!
Who would have thought that Russo could make us care about three aging men re-living their glory days over a weekend in Martha's Vineyard?
The characters are crafted so well, they just fly off the page to speak to us.
The story meandered a bit, but the mystery of the disappearance of Jacy, the girl they all loved, provided a framework that carried the book along.

My first Richard Russo book, but not my last!!

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jontalk
Aug 23, 2019

A beautiful story of friendship, redemption and forgiveness, Richard Russo's storytelling gift continues. The book emphasizes the beauty of long lasting friendship, and with it, valuable insights worthy of contemplating. While reading, I couldn't help but be reminded of "The Big Chill", its music, theme and joy as the reason. If you're a fan of Russo like I am, this story won't disappoint. Great authors create memorable characters that engage a reader at an emotional level while throwing in humor, plot twists and the unexpected. Russo mastered these elements years ago, and 'the beat goes on'. Highly recommended.

DCLadults Aug 14, 2019

A New & Noteworthy pick. Three college friends meet on Martha's Vineyard to confront a mystery that has haunted all of them since 1971. What really happened to the girl they all loved who simply vanished? Russo is at the top of his game.

debwalker Jul 01, 2019

When she disappeared on the Vineyard 40 years ago. 3 college friends back on the scene.

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