November Midwest Connections


Bookseller selected, Midwest approved! Indie booksellers throughout the Midwest have hand-selected these titles based on their discoverability and regional value. From small towns to bustling cities, many of the most celebrated writers have roots in the middle of the country and explore this distinctly American landscape and experience. Discover your next great read and explore a whole region of amazing literature.


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Virgil Wander Cover Image
ISBN: 9780802128782
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Published: Grove Press - October 2nd, 2018

“Enger does a truly masterful job of synthesizing these various components into a compelling and easily digestible whole. Virgil Wander is a fast-paced, humorous and mystical novel about hope, friendship, love and the relationship between a town and its people.” --Bookpage

Following a near-fatal car accident on Lake Superior, Midwestern movie-house owner Virgil Wander begins to piece together his personal history and the lore of his broken town with the help of a cast of affable and curious locals. 

Midwest Connection: A native to Minnesota, Leif Enger worked as a reporter and producer for Minnesota Public Radio before writing his bestselling debut novel Peace Like a River. His second novel, So Brave, Young, and Handsome, was a national bestseller and a Midwest Booksellers’ Choice Award Honor Book for Fiction. Enger’s newest novel, Virgil Wander, is a remarkable portrait of a small town and its residents in the Upper Midwest. Leif lives in Minnesota with his wife Robin.

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BARKSKINS by Annie Proulx
COMMONWEALTH by Anne Patchett

A Cloud in the Shape of a Girl Cover Image
ISBN: 9781501194368
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Published: Simon & Schuster - October 23rd, 2018

“Jean Thompson is a brilliant novelist from the classic school of storytelling. This is a moving tale built upon a foundation of unforgettable characters, drawn with empathy and insight. A Cloud in the Shape of a Girl is a story that illustrates our present moment through a keen and unflinching look at our past. Thompson’s work centers on the Midwest, what some call ‘fly over’ country, but in her hands, we come to see that it is the center.” —Tayari Jones, New York Times bestselling author of An American Marriage

A Cloud in the Shape of a Girl is a poignant novel about three generations of the Wise family—Evelyn, Laura, and Grace—as they hunt for contentment amid chaos of their own making. Spanning from World War II to the present, we see these women and their trials, small and large, as they navigate the expectations for their lives and the dreams of everyone they love.​

Midwest Connection: Author Jean Thompson taught creative writing at the University of Illinois--Champaign/ Urbana, Reed College, Northwestern University, and lives in Urbana, Illinois. Cloud in the Shape of a Girl takes place in a fictional Midwestern college town.

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SAINTS FOR ALL OCCASIONS by J. Courtney Sullivan
ALTERNATE SIDE by Anna Quindlen

A Key to Treehouse Living Cover Image
ISBN: 9781947793040
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Published: Tin House Books - September 4th, 2018

"A Key to Treehouse Living is revelatory, a literary lighthouse that forges new routes of understanding. Every life is uncharted terrain, but Elliot Reed gives us a roadmap so that we might understand in more clearer terms how to transverse our terrifying, wonderful world."—Rachel Kaplan, Avid Bookshop

A Key to Treehouse Living is the adventure of William Tyce, a boy without parents. William grows up near a river in the rural Midwest, and—in a glossary-style list—he imparts his particular wisdom on subjects ranging from ASPHALT PATHS, BETA FISH, and MULLET to MORTAL BETRAYAL, NIHILISM, and REVELATION. ​Unlocking an earnest, clear-eyed way of thinking that might change your own, A Key to Treehouse Living is a story about keeping your own record straight and living life by a different code.

Midwest Connection:  A Key to Treehouse Living is the adventure of William Tyce, a boy without parents, who grows up near a river in the rural Midwest.

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Tony Early, Jim the Boy
Jonathan Safran FoerExtremely Loud and Incredibly Close
​Mark Haddon, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

Evergreen Tidings from the Baumgartners Cover Image
ISBN: 9780778307860
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Park Row - October 16th, 2018

"Gretchen Anthony deftly captures all of the passive-aggression, generosity, humblebragging, kindness, emotional restraint, and humor typical to a Minnesota family. A propulsive and endearing debut." --J. Ryan Stradal, New York Times bestselling author of Kitchens of the Great Midwest

Evergreen Tidings from the Baumgartners is an unmissable dramedy about an aging Midwestern matriarch, Violet, who goes to hilarious lengths to keep up her family’s perfect veneer. It’s a smart, funny Wes Anderson-esque sendup of Midwestern suburban life and a celebration of it, with powerful, timely themes of LGBT rights, class, and generational differences

Midwest Connection: Gretchen Anthony is a writer based in Minneapolis. Her debut novel, Evergreen Tidings from the Baumgartners, a smart, funny sendup of Midwestern suburban life and a celebration of it.

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The Nest by Cynthia d’Aprix Sweeney
The People We Hate at the Wedding by Grant Ginder
This Is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper