Population 485 - P.S. Author:Michael Perry Welcome to New Auburn, Wisconsin, 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.... more » 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.« less
"After a 12-year absence, a real-life prodigal seeks to serve his hometown - New Auburn, Wisconsin, population: 485 - by joining the volunteer fire and rescue department."
I thought this was going to be a plain-spoken man's story. Turns out, he is a writer and poet; his story is much more cerebral than I expected. He is a deep thinker, and an interesting man.
Interesting book... Left me looking for more. It's a great book to read in pieces, as it's almost just a collection of short stories written by a man who returned to his hometown and got involved in everyday life mainly through the volunteer fire department. The book gives a good impression of life in the smaller towns of America.
Excellent, excellent book. Much better than I thougt it would be. This guy really is a writer and his commentary is so thoughtful. Several of his musings really struck a chord with me. This book is more about becoming a part of a community than being about a volunteer fire fighter. I highly recommend.
As a former member of this community and former waitress serving Micheal lunch(though he never took his nose out of the books he read in the small cafe to chat)this book describes the people, dirt, decor, tears, and love that this small town extends to all with the best that words can capture. You may need a dictionary to catch all the words. The words in the dictionary are free as Micheal Perry says and there for anyone to use. There are tears and laughter to keep you pondering the small town life for days after putting the book down.
The author of this book actually came to our local library.Interesting guy! I really liked this book,it describes small town life so well!! The author describes small towns and the interesting people who live in them,takes everyone along on his various emergency calls.This book will make you laugh outloud and sometimes make you cry!
Michael Perry is a "write from the heart" kind of author. This book leaves me with a sense that I know what he is experiencing. It deals with serious subjects and situations with warmth and sense of humor. Thumbs up! Leaves me wanting to read more of this author. PJ Doyle