In this compelling story collection, award-winning author Donald Lystra paints an intimate portrait of America’s Great Lakes’ heartland during the last half-century. In fierce but tender prose, he writes about ordinary people who are navigating life’s difficult boundaries-of age and love and family- and who sometimes find redemption at the risk of searing regret.
“Lystra’s stories are marvelous vehicles of plainspoken power.” --Larry Watson, author of Montana 1948 and American Boy
"These] stories [are] infused with Hemingway mythos. An accomplished writer, Lystra understands his craft and the places he describes.”--Anthony Bukoski, Minneapolis Star Tribune
“Here at the edge of a lake, in rustling fields of raw pine scrub, and inside the worn beauty of small towns, Donald Lystra contemplates truth, family, character (or lack thereof), and what it means to be awake and alive … Lystra is a precise and merciless writer, a master of that moment when life changes, often irreversibly.”--Mardi Link, author of Isadora’s Secret and Bootstrapper
“Something that Feels like Truth is as quiet and luminous as the cold night sky over Michigan … Lystra knows that riveting drama can be found in small moments, hidden behind the ordinary-looking doors of our neighbors … Lystra is a writer of great wisdom and artistry, with a voice that makes you lean close and listen hard.”--Valerie Laken, author of Dream House and Separate Kingdoms