Chances Are

Chances Are

by Richard Russo

Overview: One beautiful September day, three men convene on Martha's Vineyard, friends ever since meeting in college circa the sixties. They couldn't have been more different then, or even todayóLincoln's a commercial real estate broker, Teddy a tiny-press publisher, and Mickey 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: the disappearance of the woman each of them lovedóJacy Calloway. Now, more than forty years later, as this new weekend unfolds, three lives are displayed in their entirety while the distant past confounds the present like a relentless squall of surprise and discovery. Shot through with Russo's trademark comedy and humanity, Chances Are . . . also introduces a new level of suspense and menace that will quicken the reader's heartbeat throughout this absorbing saga of how friendship's bonds are every bit as constricting and rewarding as those of family or any other community.

For both longtime fans and lucky newcomers, Chances Are . . . is a stunning demonstration of a highly acclaimed author deepening and expanding his remarkable achievement.

Debbie Weiss (11/23/19): Three college friends gather together for a weekend almost 50 years after graduating from school. They had been inseparable back in those days, "one for all and all for one." They had all been in love with the same girl, Jacy, a very free spirit, back in the days of Vietnam and social turbulence. After graduation Jacy disappeared and nobody had heard from her ever since. The question of what happened to Jacy has haunted the three friends all these years.

Lincoln, Teddy and Mickey quickly catch up on each other's lives. They have traveled different paths, but they still feel connected to one another. They talk about their missing friend, Jacy, and feel like this black hole has had consequences on their lives. Will the mystery ever be solved?

This book is well written with excellent character development. I enjoyed all the people and kept wondering what really happened to Jacy and if the mystery would ever be solved.
Rating: ****+

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