Flyover Lives: A Memoir

By Diane Johnson

“Smart . . . perceptive . . . Flyover Lives is a memoir of the Midwest absolute to appeal readers.
—Maureen Corrigan, NPR

From the New York Times bestselling writer of Le Divorce, a blinding meditation at the mysteries of the “wispy yet fabric” relatives ghosts who form us

Growing up within the small river city of Moline, Illinois, Diane Johnson consistently dreamed of floating down the Mississippi and rancid to determine the area. Years later, at domestic in France, a French buddy teases her: “Indifference to history—that’s why you american citizens appear so naïve and don’t relatively recognize the place you’re from.”

The j’accuse stayed with Johnson. have been americans detached to background? Her circle of relatives appeared continually to were within the Midwest. without doubt they'd bought there from someplace? In digging round, she discovers letters and memoirs written through generations of stalwart pioneer ancestors that testify to extra advanced occasions than the derisive nickname “The Flyover” provides the quarter credits for.

With the acuity and sympathy that her novels are identified for, she captures the magnetic pull of domestic opposed to our lust for get away and self-invention. This spellbinding memoir will entice lovers of invoice Bryson, Patricia Hampl, and Annie Dillard.

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