Winesburg, Ohio

Winesburg, Ohio should be required reading for anyone who wants to understand small town American psyches. Forget TV and Hollywood movies.

I enjoyed the surreal aspect of this book, how the truths we adhere to turn us into grotesques.

The loosely conceived plot focuses mainly on the character of a young man named George Willard and his interactions with various small town characters.

Reading these stories, it makes sense that Sherwood Anderson influenced Hemingway and Faulkner. I was reminded also of Southern Gothic, which has me wondering if Flannery O’Connor and Carson McCullers read Winesburg, Ohio.

As for me, I responded right away to the stories by writing a poem.