Richard Russo turns to nonfiction to tangle with the legacy of his hometown – Times Union

by Scott Smith

Yes, I know, most of his novels are set in Gloversville-like stand-ins such as Empire Falls in “Empire Falls,” Thomaston in “Bridge of Sighs” or Bath in “Nobody’s Fool.” But in an essay titled “High and Dry” in the current issue of the literary journal Granta, Russo removes the veil of fiction to share a very personal and emotional account of the city and his family.