In the public imagination, Midwestern literature has not evolved far beyond heartland laborers and hardscrabble immigrants of a century past. But as the region has changed, so, in many ways, has its fiction. In this book, the author explores how shifts in work, class, place, race, and culture has been reflected or ignored by novelists and short story writers. From Marilynne Robinson to Leon Forrest, Toni Morrison to Aleksandar Hemon, Bonnie Jo Campbell to Stewart O'Nan this book is a call to rethink the way we conceive Midwestern fiction, and one that is sure to prompt some new must-have additions to every reading list.
About the Author
Mark Athitakis serves on the board of the National Book Critics Circle and writes the Reading the Midwest column for Belt Magazine. He has been published in Barnes and Noble Review, Chicago Sun-Times, New York Times Book Review, Washington Post Book World, and many other outlets. He lives in Phoenix, Arizona.