Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Ten must-read books that take place in the Midwest

At The Barnes & Noble Book Blog, Lauren Passell tagged ten must-read books that take place in the Midwest, including:
The Devil All The Time, by Donald Ray Pollock

The Midwest might not have a reputation for churning out literature kicks to the stomach, like the South does, but this gritty book stands with the best Gothic tales. The Devil All The Time illustrates the (lesser-known) lawlessness of mid-century Ohio and West Virginia with grotesque and unforgettably bizarre characters (an orphan with a commitment to violently Old Testament-like justice; murderous, vacationing hitchhikers; and a preacher on the lam) who kick the wholesomeness right out of the Midwest with grit and fearlessness.
Read about the other entries on the list.

Also see: Thirteen great books out of the Midwest.

--Marshal Zeringue