Main-Travelled Roads by Hamlin Garland (Pre-order)
With a new introduction by Brianne Jaquette
Main-Travelled Roads collects 11 short stories, originally published in 1891, set in Wisconsin, Iowa, and Minnesota, or what Hamlin Garland called the “Middle Border.” Depicting an agrarian life of exploitation, misogyny, and poverty, Garland's radical, realist stories refute romantic conceptions of the rural Midwest. Unrelenting yet strangely hopeful in its view of how things ought to be, this collection is gripping, hard-hitting, and surprisingly beautiful.
"Full of the bitter and burning dust, the foul and trampled slush, of the common avenues of life. the life of the men who hopelessly and cheerlessly make the wealth that enriches the alien and the idler, and impoverishes the provider." —William Dean Howells, The Atlantic Monthly
Belt Revivals is a series of reprints of unjustly forgotten, newly resonant works from the American Midwest. You can subscribe to the whole series here.