Russo is certainly one of my very favorite writers. He has the Mohawk River region distilled in his several works located there, and this one is the best of that lot, for sure.
It's too good and complicated of a story to spoil; go and read it, if you've read the novels that precede it. If you haven't, go read them first. Or don't. This book will stand on its own feet just fine, but you're missing something.
Here's his bibliography on Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Russo#Works
The books that are related to Everybody's Fool, in chronological order, are:
- The Risk Pool
- Nobody's Fool
- Empire Falls
But, do yourself a favor and read them all. "Living Treasure" is a cliche unworthy to describe Russo, but he is, a living treasure.