September 11, 2013
Daniel Woodrell photographed by Kate Estill.
Daniel Woodrell’s new novel The Maid’s Versiondraws on a devastating event in the history of his small Ozarks town: the unexplained explosion of its dance hall one night in the late 1920s, which killed over 40 people. “They felt that the cream of a certain generation got swept off the top there,” Woodrell says. “In a small town like this, a mass death like that is unbelievable.” The novel places the event in the fictional town of ...
George Packer’s The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New Americais a story about change and language: the disappearance of the jobs, social structures, and securities that sustained older generations, and the way we talk about that loss. The book follows three central characters—Dean Price, a struggling energy entrepreneur in North Carolina; Tammy Thomas, a factory worker turned activist in Youngstown, Ohio, and Jeff Connaughton, a D.C. lawyer and lobbyist. Interlaced with their evolving stories are biographies of ...
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