The Change

Lori Soderlind (Author)


In the throes of a classic midlife crisis, Lori Soderlind takes a sabbatical from her community college job as a journalism professor. She sets out to travel across America's rusting heart with her fourteen-year-old dog, Colby, and a used camping trailer. Making pit stops in places like Buffalo and Rockford, she explores a deeply conflicted country going through its own crises and transformations. Even as she struggles with her own impulses, she finds life and resilience among the seemingly forlorn, abandoned artifacts of former industrial glory.
With humanity and humor, Soderlind's journey introduces quirky folks along the way, including Swannie Jim of Silo City and his fawn pit bull, Champ. She attempts to channel muckraking journalist Ida M. Tarbell and celebrates complicated characters, including Robert De Niro's heartbroken veteran in The Deer Hunter. Ultimately a romance-of Soderlind's love for America, her dog, the long-term partner she left behind, and the childhood crush she remembers with a big, aching pang-The Change offers daring and often hilarious insights into loss and acceptance, especially when it takes a while to get there.

Product Details

$26.95  $24.79
University of Wisconsin Press
Publish Date
June 09, 2020
5.98 X 0.63 X 9.02 inches | 1.17 pounds
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About the Author

Lori Soderlind is an award-winning essayist and journalist, and author of the memoir Chasing Montana: A Love Story.


"Every good story is about longing, and Soderlind'sThe Changeplunges into that aching universe from the first page. In pursuit of her own lost heart, she sets out on a road trip, and along the way beguiling obstacles and complications are tossed in her path, making this a funny and smart story of two midlife crises, the country's and the author's."--Lucy Jane Bledsoe, author of Lava Falls
"In vivid, candid, layered prose, Soderlind takes us on a riveting journey to discover how and why what we love isn't always what makes sense. As she sheds the things she cannot take with her, she finds that there can be light at the end of a tunnel, discovering a beginning that is not only good for her soul, but perhaps for America's, writ large."--Amy Bass, author of One Goal: A Coach, a Team, and the Game That Brought a Divided Town Together
"Soderlind describes an adventure that, to my mind, is split between the wanderlust of Jack Kerouac's On the Road and the intellectual focus of Charlie Leduff's Detroit: An American Autopsy."--Jordan Heil, Saint Joseph's University
"Soderlind's voice is casual, informative, by turns funny and moving. The prose is fluid and precise. It's an engaging read."--Chris Fink, author of Add This to the List of Things That You Are