I agree with most of this list ("10 of the Best Books Set in the Midwest"), with two exceptions having nothing to do with quality, but location: Pollock's book is set in Appalachia (West Virginia and southern Ohio) and Erdrich's in the Great Plains (North Dakota). Of this list, I've read Winesburg, Ohio and The Jungle, and still want to read Stoner, Gilead and (maybe) Middlesex. (Julie was pleasantly surprised when she read Freedom earlier this year, but I have no interest in it.)
Set in the Midwest, but not about the Midwest. Big difference. Where is My Antonia? Or Huckleberry Finn?
Posted by: Paul Lamb at Jun 29, 2012 2:27:39 PM
They did have that other Cather novel but, indeed, omitting Huck Finn (and Twain entirely) is a pretty egregious oversight.
Posted by: Pete at Jun 29, 2012 3:07:31 PM