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Sustainable Living

In Sustainable Living, the backwoods and small towns of the upper Midwest are places not to run from, but to return to, to seek refuge in, and to discover unsettling truths. A woman returns to the carp-fishing village where she grew up, only to discover that her widowed mother has found happiness with a decades-younger man. In the aftermath of trauma, a teenage girl is caught between domestic duties and the pull of the natural world. An aimless woman becomes a caretaker for her mother's elderly ex-husband, an artistic recluse who is resistant to her efforts. The women in these stories are tied to the land they inhabit, coming of age on rivers and lakes and among hunters and fishermen, dependent on tourist economies to make a living. Their desires are stifled by harsh climates, poverty, and difficult family relationships; what unites them is their quest to sustain themselves and a longing for connection—sometimes found in unexpected people and places.

About the Author

Elsa Nekola is a writer based in Madison, Wisconsin. Her short fiction has appeared in Ploughshares, Nimrod International Journal, Witness, the Cincinnati Review's miCRo series, Passages North, and other journals. Sustainable Living is her first book.
Willow Springs Press

9781955082006 : sustainable-living-nekola
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December 31, 2021
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