Alan Venable was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and lives in San Francisco. Ratting on Russo is his first novel. Previous fiction includes many titles for children, among them "The Checker Players," ("Intelligence and humor...It has that rare substance." --New York Times Book Review. "Charm and sense." --New York Magazine.)
"Once together, never apart" begins this eco-folktale of young boy-girl twins whose aged mountain granny sends them in search of parents who seemingly abandoned them as infants. Courage, kindness, loyalty, and magic help reunite the family and revive an ailing natural world. "A great bedtime story for the older child." ForeWord Magazine
Of all the early boomers coming of age in sooty 1950s Pittsburgh, whose reverence was greater for Jimmy Doolittle and the 1950 Studebaker than that of Martin Badger? But whose bodily parts more rebellious? Whose 8th grade peers more annoying? Whose accordion more out of tune? Misdeeds more delinquent? Romances more blundered? Whose long odds worse--I mean, apart from Russo?