New tales from the Midwest offers a set of news that commemorate an American area too frequently overlooked in discussions approximately detailed neighborhood literature. The editors solicited nominations from greater than three hundred magazines, literary journals, and small presses and narrowed the choice to 19 authors. The tales, written by means of Midwestern writers or targeting the Midwest, exhibit that the standard of fiction from and in regards to the center of the rustic opponents that of the other zone. visitor editor John McNally introduces the anthology, which positive aspects brief fiction by means of Charles Baxter, Dan Chaon, Christopher Mohar, Rebecca Makkai, Lee Martin, and others.
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