Review: Mohawk

Richard Russo  (1986)

Another by the author of Nobody’s Fool, adapted for the screen and starring Paul Newman. Set in upstate New York, this book takes place in the 1970s. (I can’t believe I actually liked a story set in the tackiest decade of all.) We follow the lives of Mohawk citizens who’ve lived all their lives in this small town. What could easily have been a story about pathetic do-nothings is instead filled with so much humor and compassion that you can’t help but be interested in their intertwining lives. Don’t wait for the movie version of this one. Read the book, and be thankful that there are two others by Russo to look forward to.

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