In the Land of the Dinosaur: Ten Stories and a Novella is set in 1980s small-town and rural Wisconsin. The title story, which opens the book, creates its landscape and sets the tone of an insular world buffeted by change. Though the stories are not connected in terms of action, place is their great unifier and many of the book’s central characters reappear in the final piece, a disturbing coming-of-age story, “The Killing.”
From the Interview:
Were you less in contact daily with people when you were living in the country? If so did it make you think any differently about them and, more specifically, in a way that shaped In the Land of the Dinosaur?
—David Douglas, St. Paul, Minnesota
I certainly saw fewer people and saw them less often during the fifteen years I lived in the country. Western Wisconsin to be specific. It’s a really beautiful place, by the way. Read more…
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