Interventions

Interventions

by Richard Russo, Kate Russo
     
 

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 This handsome and inventive format—four individually bound volumes gathered in a slipcase—combines the previously unpublished novella

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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 This handsome and inventive format—four individually bound volumes gathered in a slipcase—combines the previously unpublished novella “Intervention” with three shorter works, two of which have not been published in book form.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 inInterventionscrackle 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.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“The finished product is an homage to books, real books. The kind you can hold in your hand, feel the creamy pages in your fingers, smell the pulp and ink and be mesmerized by the intricacies of the artwork.” — Melanie Plenda, Concord Monitor, 5/24/12

“The real beauty of this volume, of course, transcends its packaging. Russo is an old-fashioned storyteller who builds a narrative piece by piece, allowing characters to discover themselves along the way.”— Joan Silverman, Portland Press Herald, 5/27/12

“Mr. Russo and his artist daughter, Kate Russo, have created a new work of art…”— Rachel Hodin, The Local, nytimes.com, 5/30/12

“The presentation is certainly appealing, full of tastefully restrained designs that harmonize with Russo's elegant prose. But the real draw are the tales being told…” —Christian Toto, breitbart.com/Big-Hollywood, 5/30/12

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781608931859
Publisher:
Down East Books
Publication date:
06/16/2012
Pages:
196
Product dimensions:
4.70(w) x 7.80(h) x 1.10(d)

Meet the Author

Richard Russogrew 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, includingThat Old Cape Magic, Bridge of Sighs, Straight Man, Nobody’s Fool,andEmpire 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 Russowas 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.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Gloversville, New York
Date of Birth:
July 15, 1949
Place of Birth:
Johnstown, New York
Education:
B.A., University of Arizona, 1967; Ph.D., University of Arizona, 1979; M.F.A., University of Arizona, 1980

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