- ISBN 9780253210227 / 0253210224
- Title Not Normal, Illinois: Peculiar Fictions from the Flyover
- Author Max Apple and Joel Brouwer
- Category Short Stories
- Format Paperback
- Year 2009
- Pages 313
- Publisher Indiana University Press
- Imprint Indiana University Press
- Language English
- Dimensions 161mm x 20mm x 232mm
Do Midwesterners have a peculiar way of looking at the world? Is there something not quite right about the way they see things? For such a normal place, the heartland has produced some writers who take an individual approach to storytelling. This book contains 33 tales that showcase the wonderful vision of some of the region's best-known writers.
Do Midwesterners have a peculiar way of looking at the world? Is there something not quite right about the way they see things? For such a normal place, the heartland has produced some writers who take a most individual approach to storytelling. And the result - to the delight of readers everywhere - has been stories that reveal the mystery, joy, and enchantment in the most ordinary and incidental moments of life. These 33 exceptional tales showcase the peculiarly wonderful vision of some of the region's best-known or soon to be celebrated writers. Each invites its readers to see the world through different eyes and see it anew.
“This anthology is an unusually insightful one and serves an important purpose in the context of American fiction writing.” R. M. Berry, Florida State University “Just as the Midwest, this vast, various, and unclassifiable place, is not nearly so conventional as it's reputed to be, the literature of the heartland has a long tradition of original, innovative writing that is flourishing today more than ever.” Porter Shreve, author of The Obituary Reader
Michael Martone is Professor of English at the University of Alabama-Tuscaloosa. He is the author of seven works of fiction, including The Blue Guide to Indiana and Michael Martone; two collections of fiction, The Flatness and Other Landscapes and Unconventions: Attempting the Art of Craft and the Craft of Art; and an anthology, Double-wide (IUP, 2007); and editor of six volumes.