In the mythical town of Odette County, Wis., hard-working citizens face
the trials and tribulations of rural life in a series of compelling tales. Farmer’s
Almanac: A Work of Fiction
is a collection of short stories by Chris Fink
that follows characters living on back roads and in small towns of
America. Similar to the actual Farmer’s Almanac
readers with weather forecasts and gardening tips, this book is divided into
sections such as “Long-Range Forecast,” “Animal Husbandry” and “Hunting and
Trapping.” Among the stories, a local athletic star must choose between
the baseball field and the farm, while a young girl stands up to local bullies.
describes the limitations and hard-won pleasures of rural
life in fictional Odette County.
Author Chris Fink was raised in Wisconsin and comes from a large farming
family. He is an associate professor of English at Beloit College and also
serves as editor for the Beloit Fiction
Journal. Fink will speak at Boswell
Book Co. (2559 N Downer Ave.) on Friday, April 26, at 7 p.m.