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"Driftless" Book Discussion

When Apr 22, 2010
from 07:00 PM to 08:00 PM
Where Decorah Public Library
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Contact Phone 563-382-3717
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Driftless coverDavid Rhodes


Decorah Public Library will host a discussion about David Rhodes’ novel “Driftless” at 7 p.m. Thursday April 22. Copies of the book are currently available for check-out at the front desk of the library.  Participants are being asked to return books prior to the discussion so that others may borrow them as well.


About “Driftless:” The few hundred souls who inhabit Words, Wisconsin, are an extraordinary cast of characters. The middle-aged couple who zealously guards their farm from a scheming milk cooperative. The lifelong invalid, crippled by conflicting emotions about her sister. A cantankerous retiree, haunted by childhood memories after discovering a cougar in his haymow. The former drifter who forever alters the ties that bind a community. In his first novel in 30 years, David Rhodes offers a vivid and unforgettable look at life in small-town America.


Rhodes is an American novelist born in 1946. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Marlboro College in 1969 and a Master of Fine Arts degree from The Iowa Writers' Workshop in 1971. He published “The Last Fair Deal Going Down” (1972), “The Easter House” (1974), “Rock Island Line” (1975), and “Driftless” (2008).


In 1977, Rhodes suffered a motorcycle accident that left him paralyzed from the chest down. “Driftless” is his first book since his return to publishing. Rhodes lives with his wife, Edna, in rural Wonewoc, Wisconsin.


All Iowa Reads is a program of the Iowa Center for the Book, State Library of Iowa.  The purpose of All Iowa Reads is to encourage Iowans statewide to read and talk about a single title in the same year.  Click <HERE> for more information about the 2010 All Iowa Reads selection.