American Salvage by Bonnie Jo Campbell

This is not the first time this title has been over here.  My friend, Jeremy talked about his experience reading American Salvage at the beginning of last year.  As soon as his post went live, I knew I wanted to read this collection of short stories.

I’m a junkie for local regionalism, and while I think Campbell’s stories aren’t necessarily regional in the sense that they are unique to southwest Michigan, there is definitely a regional flare with the language and places.

Just as I devoured Hemingway’s “Nick” stories that were set in northern Michigan, I sped through Campbell’s tales from the area where I went to college…both for my Bachelor’s and my Master’s.  I became pretty well acquainted with the areas–from the wealthy professors and locals to the more rural areas where I did my student assisting.

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