Sweet Land (2006) Sweet Land , Will Weaver's 12-tale ode to the Midwest, is a well-mannered exploration of life's inevitable changes. (One story, "A Gravestone Made of Wheat,"… 2006-10-01 Fiction Borealis
Book Review

Sweet Land (2006)

Details Release Date: Oct 01, 2006; Writer: Will Weaver; Genre: Fiction; Publisher: Borealis

Sweet Land, Will Weaver's 12-tale ode to the Midwest, is a well-mannered exploration of life's inevitable changes. (One story, ''A Gravestone Made of Wheat,'' inspired the new indie film Sweet Land.) Despite some clichéd intimacy and tangling farm machinery lingo, Weaver can convey authentic emotion. His good-humored simplicity shines in standouts like ''Blaze of Glory,'' which follows an elderly couple's adventurous attempt to maintain their sexual prowess, and ''You Are What You Drive,'' a tightly threaded piece in which a 1969 Buick LeSabre forces a woman to confront the unconnected dots of her life.

Originally posted Nov 10, 2006 Published in issue #907 Nov 17, 2006 Order article reprints