“I wanted to convey that the lives of the working poor are nuanced, lively, and immediate, and that characters flying and working under the radar are full of wonder, grit, and creativity.” Ellen Airgood talks with Philip Caputo about her new novel, Tin Camp Road.
“Write that thing that is gnawing at your brain, exorcise that demon, and it will glow on the paper”: Michael A. Ferro, Frank Morelli, and R.J. Fox sit down to chat about rejection and success, the writing community, and their new and forthcoming books.
Continuing our interview series with writers of rural fiction, Mary Stewart Atwell talks with Bonnie Jo Campbell about her newest collection, Mothers, Tell Your Daughters, as well as nostalgia versus reality, novels as failed stories, and more.
This week’s feature is Donald Lystra’s debut novel Season of Water and Ice. Lystra, a retired engineer, lives in Ann Arbor and spends part of each summer in northern Michigan, on the Leelanau Peninsula, where this book is set. His short fiction has appeared in many literary journals, including Other Voices, The North American Review, Passages North, and The Greensboro Review. A story called “Family Way,” which eventually grew into Season of Water and Ice, appeared in Cimarron Review in 2006, and an excerpt from the book appeared in Natural Bridge in 2009. This is his first novel. This novel […]
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