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Liesl SchillingerIf you take an exit off a Midwestern highway and drive through a square-gridded prairie town, you might think there's nothing much going on, nothing to see but the 7-Eleven and the high school, nothing to do but gas up, get biscuits and gravy at the diner and move on. But in her new novel…Antonya Nelson compels you to linger, makes you take in the shimmer of the long gray highway beside the strip malls, the promise and punishment of the steely blue sky. This America is her stage, and its characters are her people…It's a liberation to read Nelson here in the long form. There's no question of her superlative gifts for the short story…In Bound, Nelson makes her story as big as it should be, and gives her characters room to run.
—The New York Times