Meet Me Halfway: Milwaukee Stories


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University of Wisconsin Press
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5.4 X 8.2 X 0.5 inches | 0.5 pounds

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About the Author

Jennifer Morales lived for more than twenty years in Milwaukee, where she raised children and served on the Milwaukee Board of School Directors--the first Latino/a elected to it. She earned her MFA from Antioch University-Los Angeles. She now lives in Viroqua, Wisconsin, and is a board member of the Council for Wisconsin Writers and the Driftless Writing Center.


"Written with a sharp eye and a warm heart, Meet Me Halfway brings us into a multicultural community where people are trying to do the right thing, even when the wrong thing happens and a child dies. Richly textured, funny, and wise."--Kelly Cherry, author of A Kind of Dream

"Morales convincingly lets us see through the eyes of a young black boy, a racist white woman, a narrow-minded substitute teacher, a lesbian woman, a left-wing housewife, and many more real lives. There are surprises here, and real people to remember."--Martha Bergland, author of A Farm Under a Lake

"Jennifer Morales does nothing halfway--she throws herself full-force into the heart of Milwaukee, into the lives of her characters, and demands that the reader meet them with just as much empathy and respect. A stunning, stirring collection, one that will inspire dialogue and maybe even change."--Gayle Brandeis, author of The Book of Dead Birds, winner of the Bellwether Prize for Fiction of Social Engagement

"Morales fully inhabits the astonishingly diverse voices of her characters, allowing us to connect with them and their linked stories as they struggle to connect with each other in an ever-shifting cultural landscape."--Jenn Crowell, author of Necessary Madness and Etched on Me
"Meet Me Halfway portrays powerfully the silences and blind spots, the ways of hesitating, questioning, baiting, and confronting that comprise the daily playing-out of racism. This book brings a chill of recognition: yes, I've been there."--Margaret Rozga, author of Justice Freedom Herbs
"[Jennifer Morales is] an impressively gifted writer. [These] short stories are lucid, compelling, deftly crafted, thoughtful, and thought-provoking. Very highly recommended for community and academic library collections and for personal reading lists."--Midwest Book Review

"The nine loosely connected stories in Morales' compelling debut collection explore the diverse voices, racial divisions, and intersecting lives within Milwaukee. . . . Morales' stories do not shy away from her characters' varied realities and modern-day prejudices. A candid and powerful book."--Booklist