I barreled thru this one

Published on March 10 2005

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My rating: 4 out of 5

From the book jacket: "After a twelve-year absence, a real-life prodigal son returns to his hometown -- New Auburn, Wisconsin, population: 485 -- and joins the volunteer fire and rescue department. In a place where men post claims of manhood on their truck bumpers, where the local vigilante is a farmer's wife armed with a pistol and a Bible, and where the most senior firefighter is a cross-eyed butcher with one kidney and two ex-wives (both of whom work at the only gas station in town), writer Michael Perry sets out "to meet my neighbors at the invitation of the fire siren." The emergencies are real, the setting are surreal, and with each foray into the boondocks, we piece together the history of a people and a place. By turns fiery and funny, violent and gentle, Population:485 is the true account of a search for rootedness in a place from the past.
Spent a few of my hard-earned chamber bucks (received for a perfect work attendance for three years--how did I manage THAT?) at the local bookstore. I picked up this little gem of a book, and have just about managed to finish it this afternoon. It's set in a town not too far from here, but one that sounds so much like Tomahawk, it almost hurts to read it. (Although I'm not completely sure I like the description of "a place from the past") I think this one will get passed on to a couple of firefighter buddies when I'm done with it.

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