American Salvage: Stories

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W. W. Norton, 2009 - Fiction - 170 pages
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American Salvage is rich with local color and peopled with rural characters who love and hate extravagantly. They know how to fix cars and washing machines, how to shoot and clean game, and how to cook up methamphetamine, but they have not figured out how to prosper in the twenty-first century. Through the complex inner lives of working-class characters, Bonnie Jo Campbell illustrates the desperation of post-industrial America, where wildlife, jobs, and whole ways of life go extinct and the people have no choice but to live off what is left behind.

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User Review  - porch_reader - LibraryThing

I've read two of Bonnie Jo Campbell's novels ([Once Upon a River] and [Q Road]) and loved them both. But with this collection of short stories, her talent and range are even more evident. The stories ... Read full review

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User Review  - zmagic69 - LibraryThing

A group of short stories that all take place in Michigan. I am sure there are people, maybe a lot of them living this way and they sure don't make you want to live in Michigan. The stories for the ... Read full review

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About the author (2009)

Bonnie Jo Campbell teaches in the low-residency MFA program at Pacific University. The author of Once Upon a River and American Salvage, she lives in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

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