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The Moon over Wapakoneta: Fictions and Science Fictions from Indiana and Beyond
by Michael Martone
University of Alabama Press, 2018
Paper: 978-1-57366-068-6 | eISBN: 978-1-57366-879-8
Library of Congress Classification PS3563.A7414
Dewey Decimal Classification 813.54

Lyric fictions by a master fabulist of America’s Midwest

The Moon over Wapakoneta is vintage Michael Martone, the visionary oracle of the American Midwest with the gift for discovering the marvelous in the mundane. In these stories Martone shows us how traveling across time zones from Ohio to Indiana is a form of time travel; how a beer bottle can serve as a kind of telescope, how Amish might power their spaceships with windmills as they travel through space and time. These stories capture the paradox of feeling that one is in the heart of the country while at the same time in the middle of nowhere, of natives who find themselves strangers in their once familiar, but now strange, lands.

On display is a love of obsolete technologies, small-town whimsy, home movies of proms and birthday parties, steam engines and baseball games. If Italo Calvino lived in Indiana rather than Italy, these are the fictions he might have made.

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