Fredrik Backman returns with terrific third novel

Swedish author Fredrik Backman has become one of my favorite novelists. He is talented at introducing unlikable characters that become lovable once his readers get to know them. In his first book, A Man Called Ove, we got to know the curmudgeon known as “that bitter neighbor from hell’’ who ends up with a heart…

Everybody’s Fool by Richard Russo

Master storyteller Richard Russo takes a welcome trip back to the washed-up town of North Bath, New York, and its colorful inhabitants in Everybody’s Fool. Russo introduced readers to the town back in 1993 with his exceptional book, Nobody’s Fool. The star of that story is the irascible Donald “Sully’’ Sullivan, who is so likable…