Getting By in Kansas

The Agriculture Hall of Fame book coverModern day Kansas is full of pick-up trucks, mess-ups, dirty living, lost loves, wasted life, and wanting more…all under a gray sky in Andrew Malan Wilward’s debut short story collection The Agriculture Hall of Fame. Milward attempts to nail down the identity of America’s center-most state, a prairie where his characters feel passed by life, rather than presently living in it. Farm life, fundamentalism, drugs, and corporatism in grassland living are all themes of Milward’s excellent, Midwestern collection. If you liked Frank Bill’s Crimes in Southern Indiana, but want something a little less bloody, but still somewhat cynical, try The Agriculture Hall of Fame.