Population: 485

Michael Perry (Author)


"Part portrait of a place, part rescue manual, part rumination of life and death, Population: 485 is a beautiful meditation on the things that matter." -- Seattle Times

Welcome to New Auburn, Wisconsin (population: 485) where the local vigilante is a farmer's wife armed with a pistol and a Bible, the most senior member of the volunteer fire department is a cross-eyed butcher with one kidney and two ex-wives (both of whom work at the only gas station in town), and the back roads are haunted by the ghosts of children and farmers. Michael Perry loves this place. He grew up here, and now--after a decade away--he has returned.

Unable to polka or repair his own pickup, his farm-boy hands gone soft after years of writing, Perry figures the best way to regain his credibility is to join the volunteer fire department. Against a backdrop of fires and tangled wrecks, bar fights and smelt feeds, Population: 485 is a comic and sometimes heartbreaking true tale leavened with quieter meditations on an overlooked America.

--USA Today

Product Details

$15.99  $14.71
Harper Perennial
Publish Date
August 25, 2015
5.31 X 0.75 X 8.0 inches | 0.55 pounds
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About the Author

Michael P is an acclaimed writer of children's fiction. His first book for young readers, Daniel's Ride, was awarded the 2002 Latino Literary Hall of Fame award for Best Children's Picture Book. His latest book, Turntable Timmy, has received international acclaim and was dubbed an instant Hip-hop classic by LAUNCH/Yahoo. He lives in San Francisco with his wife and two children.


"This is a quietly devastating book--intimate and disarming and lovely."--Adrienne Miller, Esquire
"Swells with unadorned heroism. He's the real thing ."--USA Today