By Michael Perry

From the acclaimed writer of Population: 485 and Truck: A Love Story comes a funny, heartfelt memoir of a brand new existence within the state.

dwelling in a ramshackle Wisconsin farmhouse—faced with thirty-seven acres of fallen fences and overgrown fields, and educated through his pregnant spouse that she intends to convey their child at home—Michael Perry plumbs his unorthodox youth for clues to the best way to continue as a farmer, a husband, and a father.

Whether he's remembering his more youthful days—when his city-bred mom and dad took in sixty or so foster young ones whereas working a sheep and dairy farm—or describing what it's prefer to be bitten within the butt whereas wrestling a pig, Perry thrives in his trademark humor.

But he additionally writes from the quieter corners of his middle, chronicling studies as pleased because the delivery of his baby and as devastating because the loss of life of a pricey pal.

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At this juncture, he or she would scientifically disinfect the earphones with a squirt of industrial-strength antibacterial soap before returning both players and earpieces to the staging area up front. Only the very secure or the heavily sedated would easily consent. In the midst of this grinding tedium, a customer would complain that I was mumbling, or that I had not completed the instructions, or that she couldn’t understand how to operate the machine, or she would complain that I had attempted to touch her ear, while alongside another was sighing, and just behind him or her two or three more of them sighing, irritated that they couldn’t secure their recorded tour and move on.

Almost every man, when he is young, daydreams about making the big sale. Like I say, from salesmen have I sprung, of automobiles, of financial planning, etc. I was afraid of being stripped of my tongue, of having nothing but awkwardness with which to negotiate foreign lands. I asked friends at barside (digging into our pockets for quarters to insert into Asteroids) if they knew anyone who had ever lived in New Zealand or Australia, and did they know anything about these regions? Did sheep really outnumber people?

A sense of something to come, something that had been waiting long, long to happen; an opening of doors, a lifting of heavy, magnificent curtains. My grandfather recovered from his sequence of illnesses, from pneumonia and the mysterious gram-negative infection, but he was never strong again, and his emphysema got a lot worse, even though he gave up smoking and converted to the chewing tobacco that was his solace in these last years. The house in Norwalk was fitted out with antique spittoons. One morning, my grandmother made coffee and called from the top of the stairs, as usual.

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