Spring 2020 was a whirlwind, which is why we’re glad Independent Book Review has shared a list of “30 Indie Press Books You Might Have Missed from the Start of the Pandemic,” curated by Mara Franzen.
The stories of Heartland Calamitous, often only two or three pages long, reveal a dismal state in which longing slips into passive acceptance, speaking to the particular Midwestern feeling of being stuck. They slip from humor to grief to the grotesque, forming a picture of an all-to-close dystopian quagmire. With this collection, Credico spins a new American fable, a modern-day mythology of the absurd and deformed born of a non-place between destinations.
We’re grateful to Mara Franzen and the Independent Book Review for including Heartland Calamitous in this important feature. Be sure to check out the full list of recommended reads on Independent Book Review‘s website.