Book - 2008/09/01
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Baker & Taylor
A new work by the physically disabled author of The Last Fair Deal Going Down takes place in a sleepy Wisconsin community in which dairy farmers struggle to protect themselves from a scheming co-op, a paraplegic starts to recover only to realize the rage she feels toward others, and a retiree experiences haunting childhood memories.

Perseus Publishing
David Rhodes's long-awaited new novel turns an unblinking eye on an array of eccentric characters and situations. The setting is Words, Wisconsin, an anonymous town of only a few hundred people. But under its sleepy surface, life rages. Cora and Graham guard their dairy farm, and family, from the wicked schemes of their milk co-op. Lifelong paraplegic Olivia suddenly starts to walk, only to find herself crippled by her fury toward her sister and caretaker, Violet. Recently retired Rusty finds a cougar living in his haymow, dredging up haunting childhood memories. Winifred becomes pastor of the Friends church and stumbles on enlightenment in a very unlikely place. And Julia Montgomery, both private and gregarious, instigates a series of events that threatens the town's solitude and doggedly suspicious ways. Driftless finds the author's powers undiminished in this unforgettable story that evokes a small-town America previously unmapped, and the damaged denizens who must make their way through it.

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Follows the small town lives of a middle-aged couple running their family farm, an invalid with mixed emotions for her sister, a pastor of a local church, and a former drifter who changes the community forever.

Publisher: Minneapolis, Minn. : Milkweed Editions, 2008/09/01
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781571310590
Branch Call Number: FICTION RHODES
Characteristics: 429 p. ; 23 cm


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Jan 02, 2019

A story of a small town, countless farmers and how their lives are intertwined. Reminded me of the old men in Big Springs.

Oct 03, 2016

The deep and varied lives of rural Wisconsin people--touching, funny and wise.

Jun 19, 2016

A beautifully written, profoundly moving novel. It proves that we are all connected by even the thinnest threads, and that what defines us as people is the impact we have on the lives of others.


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