Population: 485 Population: 485

Population: 485

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Publisher Description

“Part portrait of a place, part rescue manual, part rumination of life and death, Population: 485 is a beautiful meditation on the things that matter.”  — Seattle Times

Welcome to New Auburn, Wisconsin (population: 485) where the local vigilante is a farmer’s wife armed with a pistol and a Bible, the most senior member of the volunteer fire department is a cross-eyed butcher with one kidney and two ex-wives (both of whom work at the only gas station in town), and the back roads are haunted by the ghosts of children and farmers. Michael Perry loves this place. He grew up here, and now—after a decade away—he has returned.

Unable to polka or repair his own pickup, his farm-boy hands gone soft after years of writing, Perry figures the best way to regain his credibility is to join the volunteer fire department. Against a backdrop of fires and tangled wrecks, bar fights and smelt feeds, Population: 485 is a comic and sometimes heartbreaking true tale leavened with quieter meditations on an overlooked America.

GENRE
Biographies & Memoirs
RELEASED
2009
October 13
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
280
Pages
PUBLISHER
HarperCollins e-books
SELLER
HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS
SIZE
2.3
MB

Customer Reviews

jeffreyl0623 ,

worth the read

Very interesting perspective on small town living.

Ukko Kotila ,

Population: 485, Michael Perry

Excellent writing and factually accurate. Don't read it if you don't want to get the occasional tear in your eye.

Cub Daniels ,

Michael Perry, a little bit country, a little bit rock n roll

Population 485 has some profound and deeply resonating meditations on small town life, and at the same time this tome contains some impressive word-smithing and interdisciplinary citations ranging from ancient Greece philosophers to thermodynamics and not excluding John Prine. Perry succinctly captures the world of a volunteer firefighter in Wisconsin in the post 9/11 world and like any good story his recounting reveals a universally identifiable humanity native devoid of place or time, a true feat of craftsmanship indeed.

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