Published by Milkweed Editions in 2008. Read by Eddy Nix.
With Driftless, Rhodes returns to the midwestern landscape he knows so well, offering a fascinating and entirely unsentimental portrait of a town apparently left behind by the march of time. Home to a few hundred people yet absent from state maps, Words, Wisconsin, comes richly to life by way of an extraordinary cast of characters. Among them, a middle-aged couple guards the family farm from the mendacious schemes of their milk co-operative; a lifelong paraplegic suddenly regains the use of her legs, only to find herself crippled by fury at her sister and caretaker; a woman of conflicting impulses and pastor of the local Friends church stumbles upon an enlightenment she never expected; a cantankerous retiree discovers a cougar living in his haymow, haunting him like a childhood memory; and a former drifter forever alters the ties that bind a community together. Driftless is an unforgettable story of contemporary life in rural America.
David Rhodes and his wife Edna visited the WDRT Studios in 2013. Pictured from L. to R.: David Rhodes; Cyndy Hubbard,Pageturner Radio producer; Edna Rhodes; and Eddy Nix, narrator for Driftless and Jewelweed. David lives with his wife, Edna, in Wisconsin.
Other books by David Rhodes include, Jewelweed, Rock Island Line (July Montgomery’s life prior to coming to Words, Wis.), The Easter House, and The Last Fair Deal Going Down.