The Haunt of Home : A Journey through America’s Heartland Audiobook, by Zachary Michael Jack Play Audiobook Sample

The Haunt of Home : A Journey through America’s Heartland Audiobook

The Haunt of Home : A Journey through America’s Heartland Audiobook, by Zachary Michael Jack Play Audiobook Sample
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Read By: Tim Getman Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 5.67 hours at 1.5x Speed 4.25 hours at 2.0x Speed Release Date: October 2020 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9781799914846

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Longest Chapter Length:

54:12 minutes

Shortest Chapter Length:

10:57 minutes

Average Chapter Length:

33:45 minutes

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What does it mean to deeply love a home place that haunts us still? From Mark Twain to Grant Wood to Garrison Keillor, regionalists from the Gilded Age to the Digital Age have explored the American Gothic and the homegrown fatalism that flourishes in many of the nation’s most far-flung and forgotten places. The Haunt of Home introduces us to a cast of real-life midwestern characters grappling with the Gothic in their own lives, from promising young professionals debating the perennial “should I stay or should I go now” dilemma, to recent emigres and entrepreneurs seeking personal reinvention, to faithful boosters determined to keep their communities alive despite the odds. In The Haunt of Home Zachary Michael Jack considers the many ways a region’s abiding spirit shapes the ethos of a land and its people, offering portraits of others who, like himself, are determined to live out the unique promise and predicament of the Gothic.

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“Jack makes a persuasive and elegant argument for the Middle American Gothic, detailed by writers and artists native to the region. Repression, hypocrisy, and empty righteousness play out in the wide-open landscape, pitted against the human inclination for passion. Much of this book rings true.”

— Maurice Manning, author of Railsplitter 


  • “This story of fatalism on the prairie is seamlessly grounded in references to American art, literature, and movies and to communal fatalism in classical literature. In this way, Zachary Jack’s experiences become universal, extending far beyond Middle America.”

    — James Ballowe, author of A Man of Salt and Trees

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About Zachary Michael Jack

Zachary Michael Jack is an award-winning author of many books, including, most recently Country Views and Wish You Were Here. Jack is a professor of English at North Central College in Naperville, Illinois, a seventh-generation Iowan, and a member of the board of directors for the Midwestern History Association.