The Horizontal World: Growing Up Wild in the Middle of Nowhere

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5.3 X 8.0 X 0.7 inches | 0.8 pounds

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About the Author

Debra Marquart is a professor of English at Iowa State University. Her work has received numerous awards and commendations, including the John Guyon Nonfiction Award, the Mid-American Review Nonfiction Award, The Headwater's Prize, the Shelby Foote Prize for the Essay from the Faulkner Society, a Pushcart Prize, and a 2008 NEA Creative Writing Prose Fellowship among others. Marquart's memoir, The Horizontal World: Growing up Wild in the Middle of Nowhere, received the Elle Lettres award from Elle magazine, a New York Times Editors' Choice recommendation, and the 2007 PEN USA Creative Nonfiction Award. Marquart is also the author of two poetry collections--Everything's a Verb and From Sweetness--and a collection of interrelated short stories, The Hunger Bone: Rock & Roll Stories, which draws on her experiences as a female road musician.


"The author's elegant, understated sentences are as fertile as freshly tilled rows of loam."
"Here is the truth: a life deeply regarded. I read this book with fascination, page after page." -- Kent Haruf
"Marquart's memoir eloquently describes the difficulties of growing up in a place, in her case North Dakota, to which you're tightly tied even though you don't fit in there."
"Everything Marquart touches gains light and color, from the monotony of the work and the tactics she developed to avoid it to the land itself and the untold price her foremothers paid to settle it."