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Field Notes for the Earthbound

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Cursed by tenderhearted witches, saved by Nazarene healers, and haunted by brazen lunatics, the characters in Field Notes for the Earthbound yearn to escape the relentless horizon of northwestern Ohio.

John Mauk received his PhD from Bowling Green State University and teaches at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.
Paperback, 200 pages
Published August 12th 2014 by Black Lawrence Press
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Mar 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Short story lovers
While some of the stories didn't startle me or stay with me, the crowning virtue of this collection is a long story that amounts to a novella tucked into the center of the book. A novel in stories? Not really, more of a linked story collection that circles back to itself at the end. Overall 4 stars for me, but 5 stars for the novella "The Electric Nowhere" that had me riveted to every sentence like the best novels out there. One of the best pieces of writing I've read this year in long form. I d ...more
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Dec 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
I'm biased because the author is a good friend, but I really enjoyed this novel-in-stories. The writing was well-crafted without being overwrought, the characters are recognizable to anyone who grew up in the rural Midwest but still idiosyncratic enough to feel like real people and not caricatures. A good read.
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