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The Situation in Flushing

Edmund G. Loveforeword by Judd Arnett

Creative Nonfiction, History, Memoir, Michigan

Published: October 1987
ISBN: 9780814319178
Pages: 272 Size: 5.75 x 8.5
Illustrations: 8 b&w photos

This book is enchantment, pure and solid.

— The New York Times Book Review

In a nostalgic, yet nimble telling of his boyhood in Flushing, Michigan, Edmund Love notes that he was born into a world that ceased to exist almost as soon as he entered it. "In the first twelve years of my life," he writes, "rural America was swept away as though it has been a picture on a blackboard that had suddenly been erased."

The Situation in Flushing is a humorous portrait of a place and people that have vanished from the American scene. With his unique brand of satire, Love provides sharp and amusing insight into the events and personalities that shaped his youth.

Edmund G. Love is the author ofn ine books including A Small Bequest; Hanging On; and Subways Are for Sleeping, the basis for the 1961 Broadway musical. He has been a contributor to The Saturday Evening Post, The New Yorker, and Harper’s.

Edmund Love is a superb storyteller and a fine humorist. No somber introduction or search for meaning here. Simply an amusing, intelligent, captivating little book about growing up in a small Michigan town after the turn of the century. . . . leaves you feeling good for days afterward.

– William L. Blewett, Michigan Academician

This book is enchantment, pure and solid.

– The New York Times Book Review