In these 12 stories, the author of the impressive Red Earth, White Earth limns a poignant burial on the family farm, a memorable deer hunt, the tragic auction of a foreclosed farm. ``Weaver captures the flow of family cycles and lifestyles in a very American landscape,'' opined PW. (Apr.)
Although the characters in these deeply satisfying stories are instantly recognizable, Weaver probes beneath the recognition to offer new insights into ordinary American lives. He writes about farmers, hunters, and breadtruck drivers, but unlike the characters in other recent stories of blue-collar people, his people are rooted: in their land, their families, their religion, their dreams of love. Weaver not only knows these people, presenting them as they are, he likes them. Yet he never allows his affinity to become sentimental. As a result, we are at home with them; in their goodness and their perversity they are as familiar as members of our family. Even in a story like ``Blood Pressure,'' more quirky than the others, Weaver has the talent to make us believe.-- Marcia Tager, Tenafly, N.J.
Will Weaver is the winner of the McKnight and the Bush Foundation's prizes for fiction. His stories "Heart of the Fields" and "Dispersal," which are included in A Gravestone Made of Wheat, were selected as two of the Ten Best Short Stories of 1984 and 1985 by the PEN Fiction Project. Weaver lives in Bemidji, Minnesota.