Take Me Home to Woodstock: A Novel by Sally Cissna
John Wienke of Woodstock, Illinois, is looking for a wife and Ida Doering of Racine, Wisconsin, has all but given up on finding a husband. Mutual friends step in, and soon Ida and John are engaged in a long-distance courtship through letters, trips on the new electric train, and the newfangled contraption called a telephone. Eventually, Ida can stand it no more. She gives John an ultimatum, and the date is set. But moving to Woodstock means beginning a whole new life including moving in with John’s mother. Now with John’s job at the typewriter factory in question and the possibility of a baby on the way, John and Ida must decide whether to face the hardships of the new century together – or apart.
This is How We Leave by Joanne Nelson
(forthcoming August 2020 from Vine Leaves Press)
A memoir of resiliency, This Is How We Leave is an intensely poignant account of a tumultuous life lived with curiosity and humor. In this unique narrative of vivid prose, Joanne Nelson explores her Milwaukee childhood and baffling suburban adulthood against a backdrop of familial alcoholism, illness, and the occasional disappearance. With her effortless gift for characterization and strong attachment to the importance of place in shaping a life, she explores her past with an attention to detail that honors the interconnections of events and relationships over time.
Joanne Nelson’s essay, “In My Office,” appears in Family Stories from the Attic. Listen to Joanne read her essay on WUWM, Milwaukee’s NPR. Visit her website to read more about Joanne’s work and watch for the release of her memoir.
Nothing To Lose by Kim Suhr
Drawing on the rich complexity of the American Midwest, Kim Suhr peoples her debut book of fiction with characters that we know, carved out of the Wisconsin landscape and caught between expectation and desire. An Iraq war veteran stalks the streets of Madison. Four drunk friends hunt deer outside of Antigo. A mother tries to save her son. A transplanted New Yorker plots revenge against her husband. A man sobers up and opens a paintball range for Jesus. A woman with nothing to lose waits for her first kiss. Personal and powerful, Kim Suhr’s Nothing to Lose shows us a region filled with real people: less than perfect, plagued with doubts, always reaching.
Kim Suhr’s essay “Wind the Fabric Tighter,” appears in Family Stories from the Attic. Visit her website for more information about her book and her other works. Follow her on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.