A Gravestone Made of Wheat & Other Stories
This collection of stories is set against the beauty of Midwestern farm landscapes and small-town life. Some small, polished gems, others longer and full-bodied, these twelve stories carry a remarkable range of characters, but their dilemmas are tightly drawn and universal: one farmer’s moral dilemma about attending the dispersal auction of a neighboring farmer; a woman academic’s struggle with small town roots, and a man “back home” who loves her; an old man’s struggle with keeping a promise to his wife.
“Short stories like these make you feel good about American writing.”—Chicago Tribune
“A memorable assemblage of meticulously rendered stories that generate warmth, humor and compassion.”—Atlanta Journal and Constitution
“[A] graceful collection, one that views America’s heartland with a candid but charitable eye.”—New York Times
Short story collections seldom excite a publisher, and I was able to get this book published on the coattails of my novel, Red Earth, White Earth. The stories in GMOW got me started down the path of fiction, and I’m very fond of them for that reason. This collection is also my testament to the realistic short story as a literary form. If you want to write fiction, the short story is great place to start.