Finalist for the CWA Book Award: Traditional Fiction
Winner of the 2012 Devil’s Kitchen Prose Readers Award
Chicago Writers Association Book of the Year
Linking the lives and tales of a place and its people through tragedy and consequence, blind faith and redemption, this collection of finely tuned short stories spans three decades to present a portrait of working class Americans. From babysitter and bus ticket salesman to construction worker and cult leader, the residents of New Hope—whose lives intersect after a tragic accident during a summer carnival—chase dreams and suffer disappointment against the subtle backdrop of a Midwestern landscape. The stories are unapologetic yet magical, bringing to life the daily struggle under the weight of war, natural disaster, illness, grief, and greed, even as the residents enjoy the comforts of solace, friendship, sex, love, ice cream, and the comics found wrapped around bubblegum.
|Publisher:||Elephant Rock Productions, Inc.|
|Product dimensions:||5.80(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.70(d)|
|Age Range:||14 Years|
About the Author
Patricia Ann McNair is an associate professor in the Fiction Writing Department at Columbia College Chicago. She lives in Chicago.