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Trajectory

Richard Russo

Pulitzer Prize winning author, Russo, is back with an outstanding collection of four short stories filled with middle aged professionals who despite their successes are worn down by life's nuances. In Horseman a professor confronts her own life challenges while also dealing with a student who plagiarized. Voice examines a semiretired academic who is conned by his older brother into a tour of Venice supposedly to reconnect. In reality the trip is an escape for the brother who is running from a scandal involving a student with Asperger’s syndrome. Intervention, tells the story of a realtor who lives in his father's shadow and is struggling with a foreboding medical prognosis. Finally, the most raved about story is Milton and Marcus. An author who has lost his edge after dealing with his wife's illness is given another chance to revive his career by bringing one of his forgotten screenplays back to life, but complications related to doing so requires sacrificing his morals.