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David Rhodes grew up near Des Moines and graduated from Marlboro College in Vermont. After receiving an MFA in Writing from the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop in 1971, he published three novels in rapid succession to acclaim: "The Last Fair Deal Going Down, The Easter House, "and "Rock Island Line." Thirty years later, Milkweed reissued these and published his newest novel, "Driftless ." He currently lives with his wife Edna in Wisconsin, and his next book, "Jewelweed" will be published in May 2013.
Accolades for "Driftless" Outstanding Achievement Award, Wisconsin Library Association's Literary Award CommitteeCalifornia Literary Review Best Book"Booklist" starred review and Editor's ChoiceUniversity of Wisconsin-Whitewater Chancellor's Regional Literary AwardAll Iowa Reads selection, State Library of Iowa's Center for the BookMidwestern Independent Booksellers Association (MIBA) Honor Award"Christian Science Monitor "top ten books of the year "Now, after what had to have been years of effort beyond the usual struggle of trying to make a good novel, we get [Rhodes's] fourth, and, I have to shout it out, finest book yet. "Driftless" is the best work of fiction to come out of the Midwest in many years.""--Chicago Tribune" "A profound and enduring paean to rural America. Radiant in its prose and deep in its quiet understanding of human needs.""--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel" ""Driftless" is a fast-moving story about small town life with characters that seem to have walked off the pages of Edgar Lee Masters's 'Spoon River Anthology.'""--Wall Street Journal" "Comprised of a large number of short chapters, the novel opens with a prologue reminiscent of Steinbeck's beautiful tribute to the Salinas Valley in the opening of "East of Eden," with a little touch of Michener's prologue to his novel "Hawaii." The book moves at a stately pace as it offers deep philosophy and meditative asides about life in Words, Wisconsin, in the Driftless zone, which is to say, about life on earth.""--NPR, "All Things Considered"" "Few books have the power to transport the way "Driftless" does, and it's Rhodes' eye for detail that we have to thank for it.""--Time Out Chicago" "A wry and generous book. "Driftless" shares a rhythm with the farming community it documents, and its reflective pace is well-suited to characters who are far more comfortable with hard work than words.""--Christian Science Mon