Thursday, November 15, 2007
One For the Good Guys
If you've never read Michael Perry's books Population 485: Meeting Your Neighbors One Siren At a Time or Truck: A Love Story, then you're missing out. Perry writes about small-town midwestern life with empathy and humor. He's got an "aw, shucks" writerly voice that really draws you in and gives depth to the stories he tells.
I really can't recommend him highly enough, and thankfully, I am not alone. Truck recently won the Midwest Booksellers Association Book of the Year Award. Perry had a prior commitment and couldn't attend, so he sent a pre-recorded acceptance speech:
Thanks to Carl Lennertz and Shelf Awareness for the heads up.