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.
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.
Introduction: In the Middle of the Middle of Middletown Patty-Cake, Patty-Cake... A Memoir, by Max Apple Childhood; Detroit; Michigan, by Joel Brouwer Beginnings, by Robert Coover Some Notes on the Cold War in Kansas, by Robert Day The One Marvelous Thing, by Rikki Ducornet Visions of Budhardin, by Stuart Dybek River Dead of Minneapolis, by Mark Ehling Fuck With Kayla And You Die, by Louise Erdrich All You Can Eat, by Robin Hemley 13 Remotely Related to South Bend, by Lily Hoang Happy Film, by Laird Hunt Long Walk, by Sandy Huss Round, by Lily James Anton's Album, by Janet Kauffman A History of Indiana, by Jesse Lee Kercheval Still Life with Insects, by Brian Kitely Mobile Axis: A Triptych, by Clarence Major The Digitally Enhanced Image of Cary Grant Appearing in a Cornfield in Indiana, by Michael Martone Talking to my Old Science Teacher about Drawings in which I Killed Him, by Brian McMullen A Harvest, by Glenn Meeter Other Electricities, by Ander Monson The Mausoleum, by Susan S. Neville Submarine Warfare on the Upper Mississippi, by Lon Otto Wednesday Night Reflections, Edited Thursday, by Erin Pringle The Great War, by Josh Russell July Snow, by Scott Russell Sanders The Red Bow, by George Saunders Medieval Land, by Steve Tomasula Natural Citizens, by Deb Olin Unferth Session, XX, by Kellie Wells Metaphysics of the Midwest, by Curtis White Luna Moth, by Michael Wilkerson Baby; Pornography, by Dianne Williams
"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
Unconventional fiction from the heartland
NOT NORMAL ILLINOIS
Max Apple, Joel Brouwer
Indiana University Press
Peculiar Fictions from the Flyover
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