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After a twelve-year absence, a real-life prodigal son returns to his hometown — New Auburn, Wisconsin, population: 485 — and joins the volunteer fire and rescue department. In a place where men post claims of manhood on their truck bumpers, where the local vigilante is a farmer's wife armed with a pistol and a Bible, and where the most senior firefighter is a cross-eyed butcher with one kidney and two ex-wives (both of whom work at the only gas station in town), writer Michael Perry sets out "to meet my neighbors at the invitation of the fire siren." The emergencies are real, the settings are surreal, and with each foray into the boondocks, we piece together the history of a people and a place. By turns fiery and funny, violent and gentle, Population: 485 is the true account of a search for rootedness in a place from the past.

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"Quietly devastating...intimate and disarming and lovely." Esquire

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"Often funny, sometimes heartbreaking, but always full of life, characters and the tangled web of small-town history, daily drama, and strain of occasional weirdness that make country living such a challenge and an adventure....A joy of a book." Michael Korda, author of Country Matters

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Swells with unadorned heroism. He' s the real thing .

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Welcome to New Auburn, Wisconsin (population: 485), where the local vigilante is a farmer's wife armed with a pistol and a Bible, the most senior member of the volunteer fire department is a cross-eyed butcher with one kidney and two ex-wives (both of whom work at the only gas station in town), and the back roads are haunted by the ghosts of children and farmers. Michael Perry loves this place. He grew up here, and now — after a decade away — he has returned.

Unable to polka or repair his own pickup, his farm-boy hands gone soft after years of writing, Mike figures the best way to regain his credibility is to join the volunteer fire department. Against a backdrop of fires and tangled wrecks, bar fights and smelt feeds, he tells a frequently comic tale leavened with moments of heartbreaking delicacy and searing tragedy. Tracing his calls on a map in the little firehouse, he sees "a dense, benevolent web, spun one frantic zigzag at a time" from which the story of a tiny town emerges, building to a final chapter that is at once devastating and transcendent.

About the Author

Michael Perry was raised on a small dairy farm near New Auburn, Wisconsin, and put himself through nursing school working as a cowboy in Wyoming. As of this writing, he is the only member of the New Auburn Area Fire Department to have missed the monthly meeting because of a poetry reading.

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FFBrad, October 14, 2010 (view all comments by FFBrad)
I've never read anything by Michael Perry before-actually never heard of him (sorry Michael). An old friend recommended this one to me. From the first few pages, I was captured. This beautifully written book perfectly captures the brain of a volunteer firefighter. From one page you the next you will laugh out loud or cry and sometime both. Throughout, you will be moved. Fabulous!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780060198527
Subtitle:
Meeting Your Neighbors One Siren at a Time
Author:
Perry, Michael
Publisher:
Harper
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
Adventure
Subject:
Wisconsin
Subject:
Regional Subjects - Midwest
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
Medical - General
Subject:
Volunteer fire fighters
Subject:
Special Interest - Adventure
Subject:
New Auburn
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Series:
Wisconsin
Series Volume:
02-4160
Publication Date:
October 2002
Binding:
Hardback
Language:
English
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 0.89 in 16.85 oz

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Product details 256 pages HarperCollins Publishers - English 9780060198527 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Quietly devastating...intimate and disarming and lovely."
"Review" by , "Often funny, sometimes heartbreaking, but always full of life, characters and the tangled web of small-town history, daily drama, and strain of occasional weirdness that make country living such a challenge and an adventure....A joy of a book."
"Synopsis" by , Swells with unadorned heroism. He' s the real thing .
"Synopsis" by , Welcome to New Auburn, Wisconsin (population: 485), where the local vigilante is a farmer's wife armed with a pistol and a Bible, the most senior member of the volunteer fire department is a cross-eyed butcher with one kidney and two ex-wives (both of whom work at the only gas station in town), and the back roads are haunted by the ghosts of children and farmers. Michael Perry loves this place. He grew up here, and now — after a decade away — he has returned.

Unable to polka or repair his own pickup, his farm-boy hands gone soft after years of writing, Mike figures the best way to regain his credibility is to join the volunteer fire department. Against a backdrop of fires and tangled wrecks, bar fights and smelt feeds, he tells a frequently comic tale leavened with moments of heartbreaking delicacy and searing tragedy. Tracing his calls on a map in the little firehouse, he sees "a dense, benevolent web, spun one frantic zigzag at a time" from which the story of a tiny town emerges, building to a final chapter that is at once devastating and transcendent.

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