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American Salvage (Made in Michigan Writers Series)
by Bonnie Jo Campbell

Published: 2009-12-21
Hardcover : 192 pages
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These short stories approach their subjects from an array of perspectives, but what they share is freshness, surprise, and a compulsion to plumb some absolute extremes of American existence. National Book Award citation American Salvage is rich with local color and peopled with rural characters who ...
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(These short stories approach their subjects from an array of perspectives, but what they share is freshness, surprise, and a compulsion to plumb some absolute extremes of American existence. National Book Award citation 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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There are excellent questions available online at the Norton site. Although not all of us enjoyed reading this title, there certainly was plenty to talk about!
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  "American Salvage"by aperrigo (see profile) 04/07/10

My response to this collection of short stories by Bonnie Jo Campbell was visceral--her words and characters penetrated right into my being. The stories are heart-breaking and gut-wrenching. Her characters... (read more)

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