American Salvage


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W. W. Norton & Company
Publish Date
6.62 X 0.49 X 8.18 inches | 0.35 pounds

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About the Author

Bonnie Jo Campbell has won a Pushcart Prize, as well as the Associated Writing Programs Award in short fiction for her story collection, Women and Other Animals. She lives a few miles from where she was born in Kalamazoo, Michigan. To learn more, visit


A strong collection. The pieces are rich in original detail, and highly atmospheric, while maintaining a satisfying sense of familiar territory, local voices.--Laura Kasischke, author of The Life before Her Eyes
Campbell's an American voice--two parts healthy fear, one part awe, one part irony, one part realism.
In these stories about cold, lonely, meth-drenched, working-class Michigan life, there's a certain beauty reaching something like the sublimity of a D. H. Lawrence story.
Starred Review. These fine-tuned stories are shaped by stealthy wit, stunning turns of events, and breath-taking insights. Campbell's busted-broke, damaged, and discarded people are rich in longing, valor, forgiveness and love, and readers themselves will feel salvaged and transformed by the gutsy book's fierce compassion.
At their best these stories reflect what Robert Lowell refers to as 'the grace of accuracy, ' which might simply be a way of saying that the voice overall convinces at every turn. By voice I mean personality, and these quirky, surprising, sometimes arcane and visceral and big-hearted stories resonate in ways that keep me nodding. . . . I love the risk of each story and how, in the midst of hilarity, a much more serious concern unfolds so that I'd find myself both laughing out loud and squeezing my heart dry simultaneously.--Jack Driscoll, author of How Like an Angel
'Beware ye who enter here, ' and yet you should and must because the work is so fine and truthful and deeply human, And you will surely know yourself and your world better for having come.
American Salvage is not a book for the cowardly. These daring stories, these desperate characters, would just as soon steal your wallet, break your heart or punch you in the gut than openly admit that redemption is possible during these dark times. But it is just this improbable hope that makes her work brilliant. This is Bonnie Jo Campbell at her bravest and best.--Rachael Perry, author of How to Fly