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  • Title: Not Normal, Illinois: Peculiar Fictions from the Flyover
  • Author: Michael Martone
  • ISBN: 9780253210227
  • Page: 270
  • Format: Paperback
  • Do Midwesterners have a peculiar way of looking at the world Is there something not quite right about the way they see things For such a normal place, the heartland has produced some writers who take a most individual approach to storytelling And the result to the delight of readers everywhere has been stories that reveal the mystery, joy, and enchantment in the mostDo Midwesterners have a peculiar way of looking at the world Is there something not quite right about the way they see things For such a normal place, the heartland has produced some writers who take a most individual approach to storytelling And the result to the delight of readers everywhere has been stories that reveal the mystery, joy, and enchantment in the most ordinary and incidental moments of life These 33 exceptional tales showcase the peculiarly wonderful vision of some of the region s best known or soon to be celebrated writers Each invites its readers to see the world through different eyes and see it anew.
    Not Normal Illinois Peculiar Fictions from the Flyover Do Midwesterners have a peculiar way of looking at the world Is there something not quite right about the way they see things For such a normal place the heartland has produced some writers who take

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    1. This collection of peculiar fictions from the Flyover really showcases an interesting variety of short fiction, poetry, and even a few creative non fiction pieces from writers from the various states that make up the American Midwest whatever that is While most have at least an intriguing idea or style behind them, the sheer number of stories presented 33 tends to make the collection a bit too dense to easily get into, unfortunately This is particularly the case in the stories that dragged a lit [...]

    2. My personal tastes run toward peculiarity of plot and character rather than story form Martone s tastes seem to run a little toward experiments with form For me, too many of these stories were self indulgent, too clever, and ultimately not that much fun to read or ponder There were a few exceptions I enjoyed Michael Wilkerson s Luna Moth, George Saunders s The Red Bow, Kellie Wells s Secession, XX, Curtis White s Metaphysics of the Midwest until the end , and a few others by Scott Russell Sande [...]

    3. Enjoyed a few of these pieces immensely Jesse Lee Kercheval, Louise Erdrich, Ander Monson, others , though I already knew most of those authors and appreciate their work which might have affected how I was reading their pieces here e.g with generosity, familiarity Will admit that several of the pieces in this anthology seemed too self aware as experimental prose Trying just a little bit too hard And the truth, too, is that I am a sucker for straight forward narrative, albeit highly stylized and [...]

    4. I read this book recently to do a review of it, and not to give too much away, but I loved it An eclectic grouping on eclectic fiction.

    5. These stories were too overwrought, like the authors gave themselves strange problems to solve I gave up on it, because I lost interest in most of the storylines Blech.

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