Virtual Event: Parnassus Book Club Discusses Richard Russo's Chances Are...

Join us for the Parnassus Book Club virtual discussion of Richard Russo's Chances Are...  in a private Zoom meeting.

Monday, November 30 at 6:30pm Central Time.

The Club will meet four times to discuss the book, in order to allow for good conversation in small groups. Room is limited, so reserve your space in advance.

This will be a virtual gathering by Zoom. To sign up,  please contact our convenor, Kathy Schultenover at


One beautiful September day, three men in their late sixties convene on Martha’s Vineyard, friends ever since meeting in college in the sixties. They couldn’t have been more different then, or even today—Lincoln’s a commercial real estate broker, Teddy a tiny-press publisher, and Mickey is a musician beyond his rockin’ age. But each man holds his own secrets, in addition to the monumental mystery that none of them has ever stopped puzzling over since a Memorial Day weekend right here on the Vineyard in 1971. Now, forty-five years later, three lives and that of a significant other are put on displaywhile the distant past confounds the present ina relentless squall of surprise and discovery. Shot through with Russo’s trademark comedy and humanity, Chances Are… introduces a new level of suspense and menace that will quicken the reader’s heartbeat throughout this absorbing saga.



Richard Russo is the author of eight novels, most recently Everybody's Fool and That Old Cape Magic; two collections of stories; and the memoir Elsewhere. In 2002 he received the Pulitzer Prize for Empire Falls, which like Nobody's Fool was adapted to film, in a multiple-award-winning HBO miniseries; in 2016 he was given the Indie Champion Award by the American Booksellers Association; and in 2017 he received France's Grand Prix de Littérature Américaine. He lives in Portland, Maine.

Event date: 
Monday, November 30, 2020 - 6:30pm
Event address: 
Parnassus Books
3900 Hillsboro Pike, Suite 14
Nashville, TN 37215
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ISBN: 9781101971994
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Vintage - July 7th, 2020