Two stories, one novella, and a bittersweet tribute to his hometown comprise this beautifully packaged set from Russo. The subjects range from the travails of a contemporary real estate agent in Maine to the life of a reluctant nun, but the most affecting piece is Russo's recall of his family's history in Gloversville, N.Y. and a decline that will be sadly familiar to many people raised in a small cities and towns across America.
All four positively crackle with Russo's piercing and understated insight into the lives of ordinary people. What makes the book truly special is the unusual format - each story is an individually soft-bound volume with a cover illustration by Kate Russo.
Framable prints of her paintings accompany each book and all are collected into a slipcase. The format is an integral part of "Interventions."
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