Isabella Biedenharn
May 02, 2016 AT 07:41 PM EDT

Over 20 years after the release of Nobody’s Fool, author Richard Russo continues Sully’s story with Everybody’s Fool, out May 3.

In the exclusive video above, Russo discusses returning to these familiar characters. “It was not at all clear to me when I started this book that I would find a way back into their lives again after so long,” he says. “But strangely, you know, it was a lot like what happens in real life with good friends. You don’t see each other for 30 years or something like that, and your paths cross again. You ended the conversation yesterday, and you take it up again today, but between yesterday and today there’s 30 years.”

Hear more about Russo’s Everybody’s Fool above.

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