While this work is entirely fiction–it easily spans over a century– the tales dig at, and lay bare, a slice of Americana, a neglected culture, which is rapidly atrophying in rural areas–not only across the Upper Peninsula, but in much of the rural north.
In the opening story, “The Irascible Pedagogue,” set in the later part of the nineteenth century, the lonely and maddened heart of the village pedagogue, Horace Nelson, ends regrettably as jealously invades his troubled mind causing unpredictable mayhem and murder. In the second and award-winning short story, The Silent Mistress, Lizzie must endure, not only the poverty and destitution of the Great Depression, but also the inexorable decline of her husband’s life as he wastes away from the ravages of alcoholism. Other memorable stories in North of Nelson, Volume 1, will not only entertain, but challenge the reader to examine the guts and sinew of a rare and vanishing culture–the great Upper Peninsula. North of Nelson:Volume 2 is scheduled to be published in late 2022.