Driftless by David Rhodes

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The few hundred souls who inhabit Words, Wisconsin, are an extraordinary cast of characters. The middle-aged couple who zealously guards their farm from a scheming milk cooperative. The lifelong invalid, crippled by conflicting emotions about her sister. A cantankerous retiree, haunted by childhood memories after discovering a cougar in his haymow. The former drifter who forever alters the ties that bind a community. In his first novel in 30 years, David Rhodes offers a vivid and unforgettable look at life in small-town America.

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David Rhodes grew up near Des Moines where he attended a Quaker School. He dropped out of Beloit College in the 60's and eventually graduated from Marlboro College in Vermont. After receiving an MFA in Writing from the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop in 1971, he published three novels in rapid succession to acclaim: The Last Fair Deal Going Down (Atlantic/Little, Brown, 1972), The Easter House (Harper & Row, 1974), and Rock Island Line (Harper & Row, 1975). A motorcycle accident in 1976 left him paralyzed from the chest down. He continued writing, but did not publish again until 2008 when his novel, Driftless, was published. It received a Milkweed National Fiction prize, was read on Wisconsin Public Radio, and was chosen as an All Iowa Reads selection. Milkweed has reissued all of his previous books. He currently lives with his wife, Edna, in Wisconsin.
Published January 1, 2010 by Milkweed Editions. 457 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Children's Books. Fiction

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Cora gets fired from her job, Winifred tries to explain the nature of her spiritual awakening, curmudgeonly Rusty Smith hires some Amish carpenters to finish up some work on his home.

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Over 30 years ago, Midwestern writer David Rhodes published three much-praised novels in quick succession.

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Christian Science Monitor

Scott Fitzgerald may be an American classic, but he was pretty conclusively wrong about one thing: There are plenty of second acts in American lives.

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Huffington Post

Driftless , it seems to me, comes from a place of long experience and deep compassion, a place where suffering is understood to be both hard and real--and the threshold that leads to a more profound experience of life.

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His wife and daughter left him.3 Half a decade later, in 1983, after Rhodes had long since disappeared from the literary landscape, John Gardner posthumously published On Becoming a Novelist, which praised Rhodes as one of the “best eyes in recent fiction.” 4 Gardner cited an extensive passage f...

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California Literary Review

Following the publication of The Last Fair Deal Going Down – a brilliant, unsettling book that features an underground city beneath Des Moines, Iowa peopled with cannibalistic heroin addicts – how can this not work for some of us – his second book The Easter House, was compared by one New York Ti...

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