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New novel imagines dystopian Michigan

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David Means is the author of "Hystopia," a novel that reimagines Vietnam-era Michigan.

 

What would’ve happened if Lee Harvey Oswald missed and John F Kennedy lived?

That’s the premise of David Means' first novel, “Hystopia.” Means is a fiction writer born and raised in Kalamazoo.

 

Set in and around Michigan, the novel re-imagines the state during the Vietnam War era. Traumatized veterans run amok throughout the state. The novel explores the nature of memory, trauma and history.

 

Means joined us to talk about his new book and his relationship to his home state.

 

GUEST David Means is a fiction writer based in New York. He’s the author of the short story collections “Assorted Fire Events,” “The Secret Goldfish,” and “The Spot.” He was born and raised in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

 

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