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4.64  ·  Rating details ·  14 ratings  ·  7 reviews
Newton's Laws of Motion describe the relationship between a body and its response to the forces acting upon it. For the men and women in States of Motion, imbalance is a way of life. Set in Michigan small towns both real and fictional, the stories in Laura Hulthen Thomas's collection take place against a backdrop of economic turmoil and the domestic cost of the war on terr ...more
Paperback, 307 pages
Published May 15th 2017 by Wayne State University Press
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Kathleen Flynn
Mar 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this intense, gripping collection of short stories slowly, taking breaks between them, because they are so well written I wanted to think over each one, and so disturbing that I had to pause. This is not a sunny view of life or of Michigan, but well worth reading. I think my favorite was the funniest, "An Uneven Recovery."
Michael Ferro
Aug 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
For those of us who live in the Rust Belt, these stories of modern Midwestern life are so dynamic and authentic, as if we truly know these characters, perhaps having even bumped into them at the local grocery store or on a walk through our neighborhood. What Laura does though that makes this collection so exceptional is the empathic connection she provides us into these character's cores, into their wounded souls and broken hearts. Her distinctive knack for showing us just what we need to see in ...more
Ariel Everitt
Jun 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book won't just take a wrench to your heart -- it will roll it into the shop, close the garage door behind it, tweak it and tune it, strip and replace bits of it. Laura Hulthen Thomas's remarkable debut collection will diagnose its problems, make an honest effort to either rend them or mend them, and start it again anew.
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These stories have a sense of completeness that I think a lot of fiction lacks, and that I think will appeal to a lot of readers who finish a story wondering where the rest
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Keith Taylor
Dec 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Thomas writes long-ish short stories, but this allows her a certain leisure -- to let her characters develop, to let them change. These people struggle, and the struggles are real. Here's a small review I did of it a while back

https://annarborobserver.com/articles...
Michael Kitchen
Sep 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Eight short stories over 304 pages equates to looong short stories.

But well worth it. My favorites were "Reasonable Fear," "State of Motion," "Adult Crowding," "An Uneven Recovery," and "The Lavinia Nude."
Norman Birnbach
Aug 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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The characters seemed very real and authentic but not predictable. The ends were always humane and unexpected yet remained grounded in the characters.
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Newton’s Laws of Motion describe the relationship between a body and its response to the forces acting upon it. For the men and women in States of Motion, imbalance is a way of life. Set in Michigan small towns both real and fictional, the stories in Laura Hulthen Thomas’s collection take place against a backdrop of economic turmoil and the domestic cost of the war on terror. As familiar places, privilege, and faith disappear, what remains
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Laura Hulthen Thomas’s work has appeared in The Cimarron Review, Nimrod International Journal, Epiphany and Witness. She received her MFA in fiction writing from Warren Wilson College. She currently heads the undergraduate creative writing program at the University of Michigan’s Residential College, where she teaches fiction and creative nonfiction.