David Rhodes


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As a young man, David Rhodes worked in fields, hospitals, and factories across Iowa. After receiving an MFA in Writing from the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop in 1971, he published three acclaimed novels: The Last Fair Deal Going Down (1972), The Easter House (1974), and Rock Island Line (1975). In 1976, a motorcycle accident left him partially paralyzed. In 2008, Rhodes returned to the literary scene with Driftless, a novel that was hailed as "the best work of fiction to come out of the Midwest in many years" (Alan Cheuse). Following the publication of Driftless, Rhodes was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2010, to support the writing of Jewelweed, his newest novel. He lives with his wife, Edna, in Wisconsin.

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Driftless

3.89 avg rating — 3,595 ratings — published 2008 — 13 editions
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Jewelweed

4.16 avg rating — 1,230 ratings — published 2013 — 5 editions
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Rock Island Line

3.92 avg rating — 334 ratings — published 1975 — 5 editions
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The Easter House

3.67 avg rating — 119 ratings — published 2009 — 4 editions
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The Last Fair Deal Going Down

3.39 avg rating — 83 ratings — published 2010 — 4 editions
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Faith in Dark Places: New E...

3.89 avg rating — 9 ratings — published 1996 — 3 editions
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Finding Mr Goldman

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The Advent Adventure

it was amazing 5.00 avg rating — 3 ratings — published 1998 — 2 editions
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Bernard Frize

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“We are all connected in ways we cannot even begin to fathom. Our lives unfold through each other and within each other. What one suffers, we all feel. What one does changes others forever.”
David Rhodes, Driftless

“We are not separate, and I want you to know that. We are all part of one thing, and nothing good has ever passed or ever can pass away. There is no way out, but there is a way in, and when one person feels lonely like a ghost it touches us all.”
David Rhodes, Driftless

“Telling the truth is always wrong if it threatens those for whom being wrong can never be true.”
David Rhodes, Driftless

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