Winesburg Ohio Author:Sherwood Anderson Before Raymond Carver, John Cheever, and Richard Ford, there was Sherwood Anderson, who, with Winesburg, Ohio, charted a new direction in American fiction -- evoking with lyrical simplicity quiet moments of epiphany in the lives of ordinary men and women. In a bed, elevated so that he can peer out the window, an old writer contemplates the flutt... more »ering of his heart and considers, as if viewing a pageant, the inhabitants of a small midwestern town. Their stories are about loneliness and alienation, passion and virginity, wealth and poverty, thrift and profligacy, carelessness and abandon. "Nothing quite like it has ever been done in America," wrote H. L. Mencken. "It is so vivid, so full of insight, so shiningly life-like and glowing, that the book is lifted into a category all its own."« less
Being an oddball from Ohio myself, I should have really enjoyed this book. I could relate to aspects of each character. However, Sherwood Anderson's deadpan narration failed to hold my attention as I read it. It was evident why he didn't have much commercial success after Winesburg Ohio was published.