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Q Road by Bonnie Jo Campbell, Brian Rea

Combining the modern-farm-life realities of Jane Smiley's A Thousand Acres with the quirky humor and eccentric characters of Carolyn Chute's The Beans of Egypt, Maine, Q Road is a charming debut from Bonnie Jo Campbell.

Greenland Township, Michigan: On the same acres where farmers once displaced Potawatomi Indians, suburban developers now supplant farmers and prefab homes spring up in last year's cornfields. All along Q Road—or “Queer Road,” as the locals call it—the old, rural life collides weirdly with the new.

With a cast of lovingly rendered eccentrics and a powerful sense of place, Q Road is a lively tale of nature and human desire that alters the landscape of contemporary fiction.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780743203661
Publisher: Scribner
Publication date: 08/19/2003
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 1,268,443
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Bonnie Jo Campbell has won a Pushcart Prize, as well as the Associated Writing Programs Award in short fiction for her story collection, Women and Other Animals. She lives a few miles from where she was born in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

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Q Road 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
english_teacher_39yrs More than 1 year ago
I don't know why everyone is saying this is a great read then giving it only four stars. Campbell is an engaging writer....she gives us characters so real that you can smell them and hear them breathe. If you love Anne Tyler like I do, you'll love love love Bonnie Jo Campbell. I'm going to go back now and read her other books. So fun to find a writer you adore!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Q Road was a novel that will never lose ones attention. A new, fasinating detail is always being added. First, Margo, Rachel's mom, shoots and kills a man she is having sexual relations with and at the same time, shoots her own daughter in the arm. Then, David burns down the most important building to both him and George, from a silly mistake. The characters go through several crazy, ironic problems until the book finally ends. I was caught up in Q Road, as soon as it began. I suggest this piece of reading to anyone. It was a great book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Against the backdrop of a rural town undergoing a metamorphosis -- farmlands being sold off to developers who come in and erect their prefab homes and lay their asphalt driveways -- the events of one catastrophic October afternoon cause all involved to take pause and work to regain their footing. Those events bring a new clarity to the vision of the town's people, and life begins to make a certain kind of sense. This is truly a life-affirming read. Do NOT miss Q Road.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I foud this novel profound in the sense of become a part of the character's life and the rural life style they inhabit. This book place you in a place where life is quiet, hardwork, and a strong sense of communty. When I read this book I couldn't put it down because it had a easy flow to it that made a person lose the sense of time. I recommeded for a quiet weekend read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Three people want to avoid urban sprawl from taking thier farm. A farm that has been owned by the same family for generations. Still they come nose to nose with the local urbanites that want the country fantasy, but certainly not the smells. Quirky characters and a great rural america setting is this books strength. I highly recommend it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I liked this book because of the way in which the bonds of community--and the ways in which they are drawn tight and loosened-- are explored in rare detail and lucidity. Because of this, the story is compelling, although the pace of the characters' lives--residents of rural West Michigan all--is a substantial change from what I'm accustomed to these days. One criticism I might have is similar to that in the review on the main page; the characters' bonds with the land could have been developed in other ways besides frequent references. Overall, though, Q Road is full of insight and compassion, and I recommend it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
First off, I've lived in the area in which the book is set, albeit in the city of Kalamazoo proper, and I love it, and it's a joy to see it portrayed so well. I didn't just enjoy the book because I get off on seeing place names I recognize, though. The characters and plot are compelling and memorable, particularly Rachel. The observations of daily life are lucid and compassionate, and sneak up on the reader for those little bursts of insight that are my favorite thing about reading a good book. The writing style takes a little getting used to although is rewarding in the end--each sentence is clear but takes a little more chewing and digesting than I'm used to. The only criticism I might have echoes the one from the main page--the mystic links between people and land get a bit overdone after a while. I recommend this book. It reminded me that bonds between people, no matter how formed, are crucial to have and tend carefully--something that's easy to forget.