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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,021 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Bonnie Jo Campbell Narrator: Jeffrey Brick, Stevie Ray Dallimore, Andrea Gallo, Ken Marks Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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“These short stories approach their subjects from an array of perspectives, but what they share is freshness, surprise, and a compulsion to plumb some absolute extremes of American existence.”—National Book Award citation

American Salvage is rich with local color and peopled with rural characters who love and hate extravagantly. They know how to fix cars and washing machines, how to shoot and clean game, and how to cook up methamphetamine, but they have not figured out how to prosper in the twenty-first century. Through the complex inner lives of working-class characters, Bonnie Jo Campbell illustrates the desperation of post-industrial America, where wildlife, jobs, and whole ways of life go extinct, and the people have no choice but to live off what is left behind.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Readers…will feel salvaged and transformed by this gutsy book’s fierce compassion.”

    Booklist (starred review)
  • “Campbell’s an American voice—two parts healthy fear, one part awe, one part irony, one part realism.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • “In these stories about cold, lonely, meth-drenched, working-class Michigan life, there’s a certain beauty reaching something like the sublimity of a D. H. Lawrence story.”

    Chicago Tribune

  • A 2009 National Book Award Finalist
  • A 2009 National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Lawrence | 2/20/2014

    " This is not the Michigan of Ann Arbor or of the resort towns for Chicago get aways. This is the Michigan of small town and farm poor. These are the stories of those barely coping with everyday life, those who barely get by in the new century. Tired, wounded, deparate, abused, abusing, the characters' strong narration and individual voices come through each of these stories, reaching out for understanding, shelter, one last chance, all so they don't disappear as inevitably everything else around them - the very way of life, even the land and the animals that used to thrive there - seem to be. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Nancy Scott | 2/17/2014

    " I loved these stories--the fictional version of Nickel and Dimed : these stories are about people *not* getting by in America. Beautifully written, too. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Ethel Rohan | 2/15/2014

    " Again and again as I read this collection, I thought this is how I want to write, thought this is why I want to write. A few of the stories perhaps pale next to the gems, but overall this is an excellent, searing collection. 4.5 stars. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Beth | 2/4/2014

    " This was a moving collection of stories about people who are tired and overwhelmed by the circumstances of their lives and their labor-intensive relationships, but who keep trying. Most of the characters need help but refuse to ask for or accept it. There were some really great last sentences that hit you like a punch. "

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About the Author
Author Bonnie Jo Campbell

Bonnie Jo Campbell is the author of the novel Once Upon a River. She was a 2009 National Book Award finalist and National Book Critics Circle Award finalist for her collection of stories American Salvage, which won the Foreword Book of the Year award for short fiction. She is also author of the novel Q Road and the story collection Women & Other Animals. She’s received the AWP Award for Short Fiction, a Pushcart Prize, and the Eudora Welty Prize, and she has been awarded a 2011 Guggenheim Fellowship from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation.