This Is Not the Tropics
The stories collected in This Is Not the Tropics come from the geographic center of a divided nation, and its protagonists evoke a split personality—one half submerged in America's own diehard mythology, the other half searching to escape tradition.
Ladette Randolph is the editor in chief of Ploughshares magazine and is distinguished publisher in residence at Emerson College. She is the author of Private Way (Nebraska, 2022), A Sandhills Ballad (Bison Books, 2011), Haven's Wake (Bison Books, 2013), and the memoir Leaving the Pink House. ?
"[These stories] brim with timeless truths about love, insecurity, and the glue that holds relationships together. . . . Randolph gets each and every character just right."?Booklist ?
"Ladette Randolph's stories sink their teeth into the deep Nebraska Midwest the way that Flannery O'Connor tore into the heart of Georgia. There's a wonderfully sly, deadpan sweetness at work here, so that it may take a moment to realize how odd and twisty the stories are. . . . These are beautifully crafted, beguiling stories: witty, wise, and wicked."?Dan Chaon, author of You Remind Me of Me ?
"Ladette Randolph's stories have the sly, subtle intensity of a snake gliding through grass. They sneak up on their characters and the reader alike, invoking humor, grace, and wisdom before pouncing on us with exhilarating epiphanies that are as dark and brutal as they are hopeful."?Meghan Daum, author of The Quality of Life Report