Not Normal, Illinois

Not Normal, Illinois : Peculiar Fictions from the Flyover

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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 more

Product details

  • Paperback | 328 pages
  • 154.94 x 231.14 x 20.32mm | 521.63g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 21 b&w illus.
  • 0253210224
  • 9780253210227

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The Midwest can be derided as being the middle of nowhere, but Not Normal, Illinois makes a stong case that it's actually in the middle of everywhere. The ordered grids of farm land you see as you gaze out the window of a plane flying over this vast, unpopulated region are a deception-look closer and you'll see immense literary talent sprouting from and feeding off this fertile loam.Spring 2010 * * Not Normal, Illinois is a fine and strongly recommended read for any who want a sampling of mid-western philosophy.December 2009 * Library Bookwatch * Michael Martone succeeds in corralling a wonderful array of tales, one that would make all Midwest folk, snapping the straps on their overalls and sniffing the apple pie on the ledge, right proud.May/June 2010, Vol. 31, No. 4 * American Book Review *show more

About Michael Martone

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 more

Table of contents

Introduction: In the Middle of the Middle of MiddletownPatty-Cake, Patty-Cake... A Memoir, by Max AppleChildhood; Detroit; Michigan, by Joel BrouwerBeginnings, by Robert CooverSome Notes on the Cold War in Kansas, by Robert DayThe One Marvelous Thing, by Rikki DucornetVisions of Budhardin, by Stuart DybekRiver Dead of Minneapolis, by Mark EhlingFuck With Kayla And You Die, by Louise ErdrichAll You Can Eat, by Robin Hemley13 Remotely Related to South Bend, by Lily HoangHappy Film, by Laird HuntLong Walk, by Sandy HussRound, by Lily JamesAnton's Album, by Janet KauffmanA History of Indiana, by Jesse Lee KerchevalStill Life with Insects, by Brian KitelyMobile Axis: A Triptych, by Clarence MajorThe Digitally Enhanced Image of Cary Grant Appearing in a Cornfield in Indiana, by Michael MartoneTalking to my Old Science Teacher about Drawings in which I Killed Him, by Brian McMullenA Harvest, by Glenn MeeterOther Electricities, by Ander MonsonThe Mausoleum, by Susan S. NevilleSubmarine Warfare on the Upper Mississippi, by Lon OttoWednesday Night Reflections, Edited Thursday, by Erin PringleThe Great War, by Josh RussellJuly Snow, by Scott Russell SandersThe Red Bow, by George SaundersMedieval Land, by Steve TomasulaNatural Citizens, by Deb Olin UnferthSession, XX, by Kellie WellsMetaphysics of the Midwest, by Curtis WhiteLuna Moth, by Michael WilkersonBaby; Pornography, by Dianne Williamsshow more

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