Boarded-Up Glocca Morra

TITLE: NOBODY'S FOOL

AUTHOR: RICHARD RUSSO

PUBLISHER: RANDOM HOUSE; 549 PAGES; $23

THE BOTTOM LINE: The author takes a genial, if predictable, view of a decaying Main Street and its farcical inhabitants.

Half the truth about small towns, much sentimentalized now that three-level regional malls with indoor waterfalls have replaced the towns as economic centers, is that they were wonderful, warm places where even the local drunk was part of the patchwork and where attention was paid. That's the genial view taken by novelist Richard Russo in The Risk Pool, Mohawk and his new book Nobody's Fool, three funny, loose-jointed yarns...

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