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The risk pool
Richard Russo
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Summary: A wonderfully funn and perceptive novel in the traditions of Thornton Wilder and Anne Tyler, The Risk Pool is set in Mohawk, New York, where Ned Hall is doing his best to grow up, even though neither of his estranged parents can properly be called adult. His father, Sam, cultivates bad habits so assiduously that he is stuck at the bottom of his auto insurance risk pool. His mother, Jenny, is slowly going crazy from resentment at a husband who refuses either to stay or to stay away. As Ned veers between allegiances to these grossly inadequate role models, Richard Russo gives us a book that overflows with outsized characters and outlandish predicaments and whose vision of family is at once irreverent and unexpectedly moving.


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main characters Ned Hall
Male
Introspective; mother is mentally ill; spent his life trying to win his father's affection.

Sam Hall
Male
Estranged
Hellraiser; irresponsible; Ned's father; abandoned his wife and son; spends his time in bars; petty thief.
Thief

Jenny Hall
Female
Estranged
Ned's mother.



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