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The Road to Wonewoc

A series of photographs taken alongside the rural thoroughfares leading to Wonewoc, the small town in Wisconsin where novelist David Rhodes lives with his wife, Edna.

  • 1 of 5After the Flood
    Credit: Kevin Larimer

    After the Flood

    On Tuesday, June 10, a day after severe storms flooded the southern half of Wisconsin, prompting evacuations of at least six small towns—and completely washing out Lake Delton, a popular tourist destination—the fields outside of Wonewoc were lush under a sunny sky.

  • 2 of 5Share the Road
    Credit: Kevin Larimer

    Share the Road

    Wisconsin is home to the fourth-largest Amish community in the country; many live in Juneau County, where Rhodes has lived for thirty-five years.

  • 3 of 5The "Driftless" Region
    Credit: Kevin Larimer

    The "Driftless" Region

    David Rhodes lives in the "driftless" region of Wisconsin, so named because its rugged terrain lacks the glacial deposits of rock, clay, sand, and silt—known as drift—that is typical of the state's landscape.

  • 4 of 5The Cheese Store
    Credit: Kevin Larimer

    The Cheese Store

    About seven miles west of Wonewoc is Hillsboro, a small town of fifteen hundred residents that is touted as the "Czech Capital of Wisconsin" because of the many Czech and German homesteaders that settled in the region. A block from Highway 33 in Hillsboro is The Cheese Store and More, Inc., exactly the kind of business one would expect to find nestled between cattle farms in the Dairy State.

  • 5 of 5Welcome to Wonewoc
    Credit: Kevin Larimer

    Welcome to Wonewoc

    In 1972, David Rhodes moved to Wonewoc from Iowa City, where he had been a student at the Iowa Writers' Workshop. Within five years, Rhodes was paralyzed from the sternum down in a motorcyle accident. During the next three decades, he published nothing but continued to write. "If I don't write I don't feel right," Rhodes says. In September, Milkweed Editions is releasing his long-awaited fourth novel, Driftless, marking the triumphant return of a major American novelist.

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