Main-Travelled Roads by Hamlin Garland (Pre-order)
With a new introduction by Jonathan Senchyne
These short stories, originally published in 1891, are set in Wisconsin, Iowa, and Minnesota, or what the Garland called the "Middle Border." They depict an agrarian life of exploitation, miscogyny, and poverty. Garland's radical, realist stories refute romantic conceptions of the rural Midwest.
"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 Howell, 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.