Rhodes has an interesting back story, so to speak. He was a rising young writer at the University of Iowa’s Writers’ Workshop, and had several books published in the 1970’s.
A motorcycle crash in 1977, which partially paralyzed Rhodes, ended his publishing career till Driftless came out this year.
“Driftless shares a rhythm with the farming community it documents, and its reflective pace is well-suited to characters who are far more comfortable with hard work than with words,” according to the Christian Science Monitor.
Watch the Davenport Public Library newsletter for announcements of events and discussions concerning Driftless throughout 2010.