In this crisply constructed story of small town Midwest America, Butler tells the story of a group of friends—those who have stayed in the dying town of Little Wing, those who have left and returned, and one whose Indie rocker fame took him away, but who still uses his old farm and old friends as a touchstone and reality check. Butler’s sense of place and character is very well done, especially as the chapters unfold in Hank, Beth, Lee, and Donny’s distinct and personal voices, and I easily imagined myself in rural Wisconsin, sitting around the campfire along with them.
About the Author
NICKOLAS BUTLER was born in Allentown, Pennsylvania, and raised in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. His writings have appeared in "Narrative Magazine," "Ploughshares," "The Kenyon Review Online," "The Progressive," "The Christian Science Monitor," and elsewhere. A graduate of the University of Wisconsin and the Iowa Writers' Workshop, he currently lives in Wisconsin with his wife and their two children.