The stories collected in This Is Not the Tropics come from the geographic center of a divided nation, and its protagonists evoke a split personalityaone half submerged in Americaas own diehard mythology, the other half searching to escape tradition. Together they form a portrait of the Plains that is both quirky and poignant. While the themes in this collection are familiaralove and betrayal, loneliness and regret, the needs of the individual versus the needs of the communityathe tales themselves are startling and new. Whether it is the story of an eccentric out-of-work accordion player; a woman ending a long marriage against the backdrop of a visit from her failing mother; a young girl who wishes to solve a mystery until real mystery enters her life; or all of the men in a small Nebraska town who annually compete in a hilariously earnest beauty pageant, these are tales that speak of the lives lived in the small towns, the prairie cities, and on the dirt roads off blue highways in the middle of nowhere and everywhere.aWell, since youa#39;re Miss Dog-person right now why not go as Cruella De Vil? ... could rummage through the wardrobe room at Mastera#39;s Hall and find a fur coat and some weird costume jewelry, a cigarette holder. ... a costume. Ita#39;d do me good to get out of here for a while anyway.a aThata#39;s more like it, a Leslie Ann said. a Ia#39;ll get aanbsp;...
|Title||:||This Is Not the Tropics|
|Publisher||:||University of Wisconsin Pres - 2012-03-07|