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Welcome to Q Road, in Greenland Township, where the old way of life is colliding with the new. On the same acres where farmers once displaced Potawatomi Indians, suburban developers now supplant farmers and Q road (or "Queer Road," as the locals call it) has become home to an unlikely mix of people. The neighbors include a sixth-generation farmer and his rifle-toting child bride, and evangelical bartender, a tabloid-reading agoraphobe, a philandering window salesman, and an asthmatic boy who longs for the love of a good father.These folks all smell the pig manure from the Whitby farm and share the same grand views of the Kalamazoo River and the oldest barn in the township — until one disastrous October afternoon.

Bonnie Jo Campbell's first novel combines offbeat humor, eccentric characters, and unique insights into modern rural America, where family traditions have flown the coop and only the cycle of the seasons remains. At the heart of this tale are three characters so integrally connected and devoted to the Harland farm that they might not survive anywhere else; their lives, their livelihoods, and their sometimes violent love for one another are all rooted in the soil of this square mile.

As The Village Voice said of Campbell's story collection, she "crystallizes those moments when benumbed everyday routine is briefly jolted by dizzy instants of lucidity." It may take a spring tornado or a lightning bolt in the garden to get the folks of Q Road to pause in their work, but when they lift their gaze collectively, it can be life-altering. Brilliant atumn foliage creates the backdrop for the rich and ragged human landscape of rural southwestern Michigan, a place Campbell has explored in her award-winning short stories. In this passionate and funny novel she digs even deeper, to reveal the beauty and strangeness of her ferocious women, confused men, and hungry children.

Review:

"This appealing first novel is a May-December love story augmented by suspense and secrets....A thoughtful, well-paced, deeply moral (though not moralizing) novel full of hard lessons and the wisdom gained from them across generations." Publisher?s Weekly

Review:

"The vivid, varied cast and palpable sense of connection to the soil give (Q Road) a stern grandeur." Kirkus Reviews

Review:

"The broad tableau of aluminum siding versus pig manure is rendered here with delicate, exacting strokes." Mark Rozzo, L.A. Times

Review:

"Campbell?s spare, evocative prose is pure artistry, but her unusual characters and her unique way of linking the continuity of time with the land?s inhabitants prove her a writer to watch." Joan Hinkemeyer, Rocky Mountain News

Review:

"Q Road is a whirlwind of vivid personalities, virtuoso prose, and intricate, engaging plot. Campbell is a storyteller every bit as gifted as Larry Brown or Eudora Welty, a social commentator as keenly observant as Tom Wolfe, and a wordsmith of the first order. You?ll delight in Campbell?s uniquely eccentric collection of characters." Novelist Martin Clark

Review:

"Campbell is a poet of survival, lust, and freedom, and the call of her powerful stories resonates long after their pages have been turned." Booklist

About the Author

Bonnie Jo Campbell has won a Pushcart Prize, as well as the 1998 Associated Writing Programs Award in Short Fiction for her collection, Women and Other Animals. She lives in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780743203654
Subtitle:
A Novel
Author:
Campbell, Bonnie Jo
Publisher:
Scribner
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Indians of north america
Subject:
Farm life
Subject:
Michigan
Subject:
Rural conditions
Subject:
Domestic fiction
Subject:
Real estate developers
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
General Fiction
Copyright:
Series Volume:
107-343
Publication Date:
20020903
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.125 in 17.744 oz

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Product details 288 pages Scribner Book Company - English 9780743203654 Reviews:
"Review" by , "This appealing first novel is a May-December love story augmented by suspense and secrets....A thoughtful, well-paced, deeply moral (though not moralizing) novel full of hard lessons and the wisdom gained from them across generations."
"Review" by , "The vivid, varied cast and palpable sense of connection to the soil give (Q Road) a stern grandeur."
"Review" by , "The broad tableau of aluminum siding versus pig manure is rendered here with delicate, exacting strokes."
"Review" by , "Campbell?s spare, evocative prose is pure artistry, but her unusual characters and her unique way of linking the continuity of time with the land?s inhabitants prove her a writer to watch."
"Review" by , "Q Road is a whirlwind of vivid personalities, virtuoso prose, and intricate, engaging plot. Campbell is a storyteller every bit as gifted as Larry Brown or Eudora Welty, a social commentator as keenly observant as Tom Wolfe, and a wordsmith of the first order. You?ll delight in Campbell?s uniquely eccentric collection of characters."
"Review" by , "Campbell is a poet of survival, lust, and freedom, and the call of her powerful stories resonates long after their pages have been turned."
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