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ISBN13: 9781571310682
ISBN10: 1571310681
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Synopsis:

Rhodes's long-awaited new novel turns an unblinking eye on an array of eccentric characters and situations. The setting is Words, Wisconsin, an anonymous town of only a few hundred people, but under its sleepy surface, life rages.

Synopsis:

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.

Synopsis:

When David Rhodes's first three novels were published in the mid-seventies, he was acclaimed as "one of the best eyes in recent fiction" (John Gardner), and compared favorably to Sherwood Anderson. In 1976, a motorcycle accident left him paralyzed from the chest down, and unpublished for the subsequent three decades.

Driftless heralds a triumphant return to the Midwestern landscape Rhodes knows so well, offering a fascinating and entirely unsentimental portrait of a town apparently left behind by the march of time. At once intimate and funny, wise and generous, Driftless is an unforgettable story of contemporary life in rural America.

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 how each life affects many.

About the Author

David Rhodes grew up near Des Moines and 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, The Easter House, and Rock Island Line. Thirty years later, Milkweed reissued these and published his newest novel, Driftless . He currently lives with his wife Edna in Wisconsin, and his next book, Jewelweed will be published in May 2013.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Prologue

Chapter One, Thistlewaite County, 1977

Chapter Two, Violet and Olivia, 1997

Chapter Three Cora and Graham

Chapter Four Gail

Chapter Five Grief

Chapter Six Faith Keeps No Treasure

Chapter Seven Humped Floors

Chapter Eight Hot Milk

Chapter Nine Broken Things

Chapter Ten Hiring Help

Chapter Eleven A Gray Van

Chapter Twelve Epiphany

Chapter Thirteen Straight Flush

Chapter Fourteen Fire in the Field

Chapter Fifteen Snow

Chapter Sixteen Envy

Chapter Seventeen A New Song

Chapter Eighteen Remembered Love and Anger

Chapter Nineteen Fear

Chapter Twenty Reunion

Chapter Twenty-One The Meaning of Truth

Chapter Twenty-Two Fighting Dogs

Chapter Twenty-Three The Universal Acorn

Chapter Twenty-Four Insurgency

Chapter Twenty-Five New Love

Chapter Twenty-Six Spring

Chapter Twenty-Seven The Thief

Chapter Twenty-Eight Mushrooms

Chapter Twenty-Nine Breaking In

Chapter Thirty The River

Chapter Thirty-One Family

Chapter Thirty-Two Lawyers

Chapter Thirty-Three The County Fair

Chapter Thirty-Four Meeting at Snow Corners

Chapter Thirty-Five The Look of Death

Chapter Thirty-Six Finding July

Chapter Thirty-Seven Selling Land

Chapter Thirty-Eight Inside the Church

Chapter Thirty-Nine The Funeral

Chapter Forty Driftless

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DC, January 17, 2014 (view all comments by DC)
I actually backed up and re-read chapters as I was reading the book - not for comprehension but to be more deeply immersed and to linger. I don't re-read books, generally, but I'll be reading this one again before long. It's a classic.
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Wisco, September 5, 2011 (view all comments by Wisco)
After two critically acclaimed books, a catastrophic motorcycle accident, and a twenty-five year interval of constant writing without publishing, David Rhodes makes a brilliant comeback with Driftless, a book about real characters in Words, a mythical town in rural Wisconsin. There's intrigue, danger, and death, along with wisdom, church socials, second chances, family, friendship, and community. These are interesting, complicated people I'd like to know.
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Jerry Knoll, September 1, 2011 (view all comments by Jerry Knoll)
A wonderful read, full of rich, 3-dimensional characters. He is so great in writing about the un-write-about-able: ecstasy, religious visions, creative inspiration. A beautiful book written in the lushest prose you'll read.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781571310682
Author:
Rhodes, David
Publisher:
Milkweed Editions
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
General
Subject:
City and town life
Subject:
Wisconsin
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20090531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
448
Dimensions:
8.50 x 5.50 in

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"Synopsis" by , Rhodes's long-awaited new novel turns an unblinking eye on an array of eccentric characters and situations. The setting is Words, Wisconsin, an anonymous town of only a few hundred people, but under its sleepy surface, life rages.
"Synopsis" by ,
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.
"Synopsis" by ,
When David Rhodes's first three novels were published in the mid-seventies, he was acclaimed as "one of the best eyes in recent fiction" (John Gardner), and compared favorably to Sherwood Anderson. In 1976, a motorcycle accident left him paralyzed from the chest down, and unpublished for the subsequent three decades.

Driftless heralds a triumphant return to the Midwestern landscape Rhodes knows so well, offering a fascinating and entirely unsentimental portrait of a town apparently left behind by the march of time. At once intimate and funny, wise and generous, Driftless is an unforgettable story of contemporary life in rural America.

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 how each life affects many.

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