American Salvage

By Bonnie Jo Campbell
(W. W. Norton & Company, Paperback, 9780393339192, 170pp.)

Publication Date: December 2009

Other Editions of This Title: Paperback, Hardcover

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American Salvage is rich with local color and peopled with rural characters who love and hate extravagantly. They know how to fix cars and washing machines, how to shoot and clean game, and how to cook up methamphetamine, but they have not figured out how to prosper in the twenty-first century. Through the complex inner lives of working-class characters, Bonnie Jo Campbell illustrates the desperation of post-industrial America, where wildlife, jobs, and whole ways of life go extinct and the people have no choice but to live off what is left behind.



NPR
Thursday, Nov 26, 2009

In the second installment of our book series, "Back Story," Steve Inskeep talks with author Bonnie Jo Campbell. Her latest book, American Salvage, is a short story collection that explores the lives of people at the bottom of American society. More at NPR.org

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NPR
Tuesday, Sep 8, 2009

In her new short-story collection, American Salvage, Bonnie Jo Campbell looks at working-class life in Michigan. Reviewer Alan Cheuse says both roughness and beauty can be found in Campbell's stories about cold, meth-drenched small towns. More at NPR.org

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