While composing last year’s Best Books list, I was in the middle of reading this book and predicted that it would make the cut for my ’95 list. I was right. Even if you’ve seen the film starring Paul Newman, I highly recommend that you revisit Sully and his buddies in the snowy cold of Upstate New York. Sully is not much of a father, a building contractor or an upstanding citizen, but somehow everyone he knows comes to rely on him. The character, as written in Russo’s wonderfully entertaining style, rings true and the situations that he, his dimwitted best friend and his newly rediscovered grandson get into are laugh-out-loud-funny.