Title: Interventions: A Novella and Three Stories
Publisher: Down East Books, Camden, Maine
Publication Date: 2012
Binding: Hard Cover
Book Condition: Near Fine
Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine
No edition/printing info. Four slim paperback volumes, each with a postcard art by Kate Russo (the author's daughter), in a sturdy slipcase; original price $40.00 on back of slipcase. The novella "Interventions" is previously unpublished and and two of the stories have not previously been published in book form. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 005346
In what many perceive as a coldly relentless digital age, Pulitzer-prize winning author Richard Russo has teamed up with his daughter, artist Kate Russo, to present this tribute to the printed book. This handsome and inventive format?four individually bound volumes gathered in a slipcase?combines the previously unpublished novella ?Intervention? with three shorter works, two of which have not been published in book form.
The four tales in Interventions crackle with Russo?s perceptive wit and unwavering compassion for the human condition. In the title novella, self-obsessed realtor Ray must confront his own mortality and doesn?t seem especially interested in winning the battle. A surprising revelation about his father and uncle, however, and his realization of an unlikely friendship lead him to believe he just might like to stick around. ?Horseman? explores the complexities of a young professor?s marriage and academic life, and ?The Whore?s Child? negotiates the not-always-clear line between fact and fiction. The final piece, ?High and Dry,? is Russo?s paean to the heyday of his hometown, Gloversville, New York.
Each of the four volumes is paired with a small, full-color print of a painting by Kate Russo. Printed in the United States on the finest sustainably harvested papers, the set is as much a joy to hold in the hand as it is to read.
About the Author:
Richard Russo grew up in Gloversville, New York, and attended the University of Arizona, where he earned a Bachelor?s degree, a Master of Fine Arts, and a PhD. He has taught at Southern Illinois University and Colby College, and is the author of seven novels, including That Old Cape Magic, Bridge of Sighs, Straight Man, Nobody?s Fool, and Empire Falls, which won the 2002 Pulitzer Prize. He has also written a collection of short stories and several produced screenplays. He lives in coastal Maine and Boston.
Kate Russo was born in Altoona, Pennsylvania, in 1982, and moved to Maine with her family at the age of nine. She has a Bachelor of Arts from Colby College and a Master of Fine Arts from The Slade School of Fine Art in London, England. She currently lives in Rockland, Maine with her husband, Tom. Her art has been exhibited all over England and recently at Susan Maasch Fine Art in Portland, Maine.
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