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
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.
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