“Ash’s debut novel brilliantly captures the slanted quirkiness of a Midwest full of small-business owners and exploding home-methamphetamine labs . . . Darkly hilarious and weirdly beguiling.” —Kirkus Reviews
“Tandy’s voice is intriguingly and deceptively complex, leading readers to glimpse the longing beneath her professional veneer. Simultaneously a character study and an exploration about the personal costs of living in a dwindling farming town increasingly marred by meth abuse, Tandy’s story finally offers bittersweet, hard-won hope.” —Publisher’s Weekly
Upcoming readings and events:
October 13: City Lit Books, Chicago, 6:30 p.m., with Barrie Jean Borich
October 15: Twin Cities Book Festival, BOOK LAUNCH, St. Paul, 11:00 a.m., with Jason Good, John Jodzio, Geoff Herbach, and Mary Mack
October 18: Write On! Radio, KFAI, 7 p.m.
October 20: Literature Night Out, Excelsior Bay Books, Excelsior, Minn.7 p.m., with Sonya Chung, Rae Meadows, Louise Miller, and Ann Nye THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT
October 22: BOOK PARTY, Subtext Books, St. Paul, 6:30 p.m., with music, food, and guests
October 26: Prairie Lights Bookstore, Iowa City, Iowa, with Cate Dicharry [time TBD]
November 10: Literature Lovers at Excelsior Bay Books, Excelsior, Minn. (Mpls. Junior League private event)
November 28: Century College, White Bear Lake, Minn., 2:15 p.m. reading and student craft talk
November 30: Normandale College, Bloomington, Minn., 12 p.m., reading and student craft talk
I’d love to meet, Skype, or otherwise engage your super smart and mildly raunchy book club, classroom, or family reunion. I will talk to your radio audience or your print audience or your live audience. If you are a Midwestern audience, I will even bring questions you can ask me so you won’t feel awkward when it is asked if you have any questions for the author and you find that you don’t.
A quick story on how I wrote the book:
Born and raised in a small town in rural northeast Iowa, I am descended from a long line of German- and Norwegian-Americans who farmed and owned businesses. I was raised by a C.P.A., and the novel was written under this premise: What if my father had died before I graduated college, and I took over his C.P.A. business? After reading Sherwood Anderson’s short story “Tandy” in Winesburg, Ohio, and Paul Gruchow’s essay “What We Teach Our Rural Children” (“If you were any good, you wouldn’t be here.”), Tandy Caide, C.P.A., was born.