Needle to the Eye is a collection of short stories that take place in the skeletal forests, dying small towns, and rural wastelands of the upper Midwest. The collection stares down the monstrous, absurd, magical, and above all uncomfortable aspects of the region right up until the point of contact and beyond, examining the character of those who dwell on the fringes of America's geographic center. Drunken funeral singers, a NTSB crash investigator, violent criminals, a disgraced beauty queen, and others cast adrift in the sprawling Great Plains and North Woods battle for salvation, acceptance, and dignity in these haunting tales of No Coast survival.
McLinn, Angus, "Needle to the Eye" (2012). Honors Projects. Paper 25.
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