McConkey, James. “Life with Father and Son.” Washington Post Book World, November, 1988. Discusses The Risk Pool in the context of upstate New York cities such as Russo’s own Gloversville.
McCulloch, Jamie. “Creating the Rogue Hero: Literary Devices in the Picaresque Novels of Martin Amis, Richard Russo, Michael Chabon, Jonathan Safran Foer, and Steve Tesich.” International Fiction Review 34, nos. 1/2 (January, 2007): 13-26. Presents a detailed consideration of humor in contemporary fiction. Discussion of Russo’s work focuses particularly on Straight Man.
Menand, Louis. “Upstate.” Review of Bridge of Sighs, by Richard Russo. The New Yorker, October 15, 2007. Analytical review considers Russo’s use of small industrial towns in the American Northeast in comparison to the use of Dublin by Irish writer James Joyce.
Montrose, David. “Fightin’ an’ Feudin’.” The Times Literary Supplement, March 6, 1987. Insightful discussion addresses the themes appearing early in Russo’s career that will prove to be hallmarks of his fiction.
Proulx, E. Annie. “What It Takes to Endure the Lost, Stubborn Citizens of Richard Russo’s Upstate New York.” Chicago Tribune Books, May 30, 1993. Novelist Proulx discusses Nobody’s Fool and focuses in particular on Russo’s recurring use of troubled father-son relationships.
Russo, Richard. “How ’I’ Moved Heaven and Earth.” The New York Times Magazine, October 17, 1999. The author discusses the genesis of Straight Man and the general role of art—and literature—in humankind’s attempts to make sense of the universe.
Smith, Wendy. “Richard Russo: The Novelist Again Explores the Crucial Impact of Place on Individual Destinies.” Publishers Weekly, June 7, 1993. Provides an overview of Russo’s fiction and discusses the autobiographical context of his early novels.