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Summary

Pulitzer Prize winner Richard Russo's first stand-alone novel in a decade is a gripping story about the abiding yet complex power of friendship.

One beautiful September day, three 66-year-old men convene on Martha's Vineyard, friends ever since meeting in college in the 1960s. 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 an ageing musician. But each man holds his own secrets, in addition to the monumental mystery that none of them has ever stopped puzzling over since 1971: the disappearance of their friend Jacy. Now, decades later, the distant past interrupts the present as the truth about what happened to Jacy finally emerges, forcing the men to reconsider everything they thought they knew about each other.

Shot through with Russo's trademark comedy and humanity, Chances Are also introduces a new level of suspense and menace that will quicken the listener's heartbeat throughout this absorbing saga of how friendship's bonds are every bit as constricting and rewarding as those of family.

For both longtime fans and lucky newcomers, Chances Are is a stunning demonstration of a highly acclaimed author deepening and expanding his remarkable achievement.

©2019 Richard Russo (P)2019 Random House Audio

Critic reviews

"Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Richard Russo balances suspense with comedy in this gripping tale." (TIME)

"There's much to enjoy in Richard Russo's typically nuanced portrait of three childhood friends...[a] fine-grained exploration of troubled, small-town masculinity.... Russo's prose is so quietly melodious you can almost hear it singing." (Daily Mail)

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Still at his best

This is my seventh Russo novel and, though slightly different from the others, it has the same brilliant insight and the same top quality prose. I didn't like the narrator as much as the others but this is still a 5+ star listen.

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Good story and excellent narration.

Convincing account of a college reunion that doesn't quite go according to plan. Nice laid-back narration.

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