Two stories, one novella, and a bittersweet tribute to his hometown comprise this beautifully packaged set from Richard 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, New York and a decline that will be sadly familiar to many people raised in a small cities and towns across America. — Alden Graves
About 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."