Midwest Futures


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$26.00  $24.18
Belt Publishing
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5.3 X 7.4 X 0.8 inches | 0.6 pounds

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About the Author

A former substitute teacher, shelter worker, and home health aide, Phil Christman currently lectures in the English department at University of Michigan. His work has appeared in The Hedgehog Review, Commonweal, The Christian Century, The Outline, and other places. He holds an MFA from the University of South Carolina-Columbia. He is the editor of the Michigan Review of Prisoner Creative Writing, a journal sponsored by the University of Michigan's Prison Creative Arts Project. He lives in Ann Arbor, MI.


"Brisk and thought-provoking. ... Reading Christman's book is like a road trip through time and sentiment and culture of the Midwest." --Martha Stuit, Pulp: Arts Around Ann Arbor
"A combination of history, memoir, reportage, and lit-crit that taught me a lot about a region I've reported on....Check it out." --James Fallows, The Atlantic
"This is a fantastic book by one of the most underappreciated writers of my generation on a topic that isn't easy to write about. It's such a joy that I zipped through it in a single day." --Scott Beauchamp, The Washington Examiner
"To write about the Midwest is to risk joining a succession of truisms that tread and retread the same ground. In Midwest Futures, Christman sidesteps this fate. Rather than try to pin the region to a single argument or narrative, he makes a mosaic out of its multiplicity." --Megan Marz, The Washington Post
"Christman's text is pointed and often very funny as he ponders a subject that has been hiding in plain sight. ... Though much of the tone is dark and acerbic, the author finds glimmers of hope in the region as "a moral frontier," where Americans might best face the considerable challenges of capitalism and climate change. A provocative analysis. You'll never think of Peoria in the same way again." --Kirkus Reviews