Forty-six of today's most important and influential writers combine with artists to create a fictional take on the 46th state.
From Franz Kafka to Rodgers and Hammerstein, writers both foreign and domestic have been speculating about Oklahoma for more than a century.
In this collection, a man recalls a visit to a towering statue of Tom Mix; feral children roam the woods on the edge of a college town, and the lead singer of an ‘80s hair band just can't shake his Okie roots. Authors featured in the book include Steve Almond, Ben Greenman, Jonathon Lethem, Matt Bondurant, Edith Pearlman, Deborah Willis, Craig Morgan Teicher, Tupelo Hassman, Wayne Koestenbaum, Alan Heathcock, Jess Row, Lori Ostlund, Jack Pendarvis, Brian Frazer, Aimee Bender, Padgett Powell, Carolyn Parkhurst, and more.
Through a wide variety of voices, styles, and literary devices, these works prove that Oklahoma is much more than just a place — it's an idea.
"Imaginary Oklahoma is a complex, playful, and sincere love letter to the Panhandle State. Whether you're a resident or only passing through, once you've absorbed these luscious stories and gorgeous original art, Oklahoma will loom large in your mind and your heart. An exquisite, captivating collection."
—Davy Rothbart, author of My Heart is an Idiot, creator of Found Magazine, and contributor to Public Radio International's This American Life.
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