New Stories from the Midwest

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Jason Lee Brown, Jay Prefontaine
Ohio University Press, Apr 19, 2011 - Fiction - 288 pages
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New Stories from the Midwest presents a collection of stories that celebrate an American region too often ignored in discussions about distinctive regional literature. The editors solicited nominations from more than three hundred magazines, literary journals, and small presses, and narrowed the selection to nineteen authors comprising prize winners and new and established authors. The stories, written by midwestern writers or focusing on the Midwest, demonstrate how the quality of fiction from and about the heart of the country rivals that of any other region. The anthology includes an introduction from Lee Martin and short fiction by emerging and established writers such as Rosellen Brown, Bonnie Jo Campbell, Christie Hodgen, Gregory Blake Smith, and Benjamin Percy.

 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Dinosaurs Janice Deal
5
Being and Nothingness Not a Real Title Gregory Blake Smith
16
Bringing Belle Home Bonnie Jo Campbell
28
The Drowned Girl Micah Riecker
39
The Way to Mercy Beth Mayer
54
Rubber Boy David Allan Cates
59
Pure Superior Chris LeslieHynan
68
Korean Wedding Hubert Ahn
142
The Tree Benjamin Percy
169
Sister LightofLove Love Dove Judith Cooper
173
The Threshold Rosellen Brown
187
Tenochtitlan James Magruder
199
Do You Like This Room? Richard Burgin
216
Blood and Milk Carol K Howell
230
Man of Steel Bryan Furuness
247

Captivity Abby Geni
86
Tell Yourself Bonnie Jo Campbell
109
The Houseguest Kim Brooks
112
The Guinea Pig Clancy Martin
128
Bedtime Stories for the MiddleAged Christie Hodgen
262
Thirty Other Distinguished Stories
283
Contributors Biographies
285
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Jason Lee Brown teaches writing at Eastern Illinois University and is a contributing editor to River Styx. He has received awards from the Illinois Arts Council, Academy of American Poets, and Illinois Press Association. 

Jay Prefontaine taught writing at Eastern Illinois University for fourteen years, and his fiction received several awards, including the Writers at Work Fellowship. He died shortly after the completion of this anthology.


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