Books by Ander Monson
NPR stories about Ander Monson
Susan Stamberg gathers recommendations from booksellers Rona Brinlee, Lucia Silva and Daniel Goldin. Their selections for summertime reading include books about small-town America, a polygamist father in over his head, and a postmistress in New England during World War II.
This book can be read either as a series of interconnected short stories or as a novel told in stories. It takes place in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan; the writing has a driving energetic force, and uses a lot of atmosphere to set the mood.
This book of poetry involves many of the same characters as the author's book of short stories. The poems here are like little aural slices of the stories. Though more abstract, they have the same driving force and the same themes of snow and coldness.