Q Road: A Novel (Paperback)

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Q Road: A Novel (Paperback)


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The debut novel from the National Book Award-nominated author of American Salvage and The Waters—A Today Show Read with Jenna Book Club Pick!

Greenland Township, Michigan: On the same acres where farmers once displaced Potawatomi Indians, suburban developers now supplant farmers and prefab homes spring up in last year's cornfields. All along Q Road—or “Queer Road,” as the locals call it—the old, rural life collides weirdly with the new.

With humor and empathy, Bonnie Jo Campbell reveals the beauty and strangeness of her characters—ferocious women, confused men, and hungry children. Offering keen insights into modern rural America, Campbell explores the rich and ragged landscape of a town where family traditions have flown the coop and only the cycle of the seasons remains. With a cast of lovingly rendered eccentrics and a powerful sense of place, Q Road is a lively tale of nature and human desire that alters the landscape of contemporary fiction.
Bonnie Jo Campbell is the bestselling author of six works of fiction, including The WatersOnce Upon a River, and American Salvage, a finalist for the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award. The recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, AWP’s Grace Paley Prize for Short Fiction, and a Pushcart Prize, she lives outside Kalamazoo, Michigan, with donkeys.

Product Details ISBN: 9780743203661
ISBN-10: 0743203666
Publisher: Scribner
Publication Date: August 19th, 2003
Pages: 288
Language: English
Series: Mysteries & Horror
Tony Earley Writing with extraordinary empathy and grace...Campbell raises to our ears a sound not heard often enough: the heartrending cry of the human heart in all its flawed complexity.

Denver Rocky Mountain News Campbell's spare, evocative prose is pure artistry, but her unusual characters and her unique way of linking the continuity of time with the land's inhabitants prove her a writer to watch.

Los Angeles Times The broad tableau of aluminum siding versus pig manure is rendered here with delicate, exacting strokes.

Publishers Weekly A thoughtful, well-paced, deeply moral (though not moralizing) novel full of hard lessons and the wisdom gained from them across generations.