‘Freshwater Boys’ Explores Life Along Lake Michigan
Schuitema to discuss short-story collection at Boswell
captivating compendium balances nature and the human spirit through a series of
poignant coming-of-age experiences set in and around the shores of Lake Michigan. Wisconsinites will be able to envision the
dunes and rocky shores described therein as each narrator happens upon Lake Michigan in a myriad of styles, sometimes tranquil
and oftentimes chaotic.
The 11 chronicles of
Freshwater Boys range from a
harrowing search for a missing child to a forlorn hermit’s death and its
startling imprint on an adolescent, but each is intertwined by the virtues of Lake Michigan. Every anecdote captures the quintessence
of the Midwest as the storytellers wander
forests, amble atop sand drifts and endure our formidable seasons.
In this set of crisp
and effective narratives, central characters are chiefly male figures
progressing and maturing from childhood to manhood, struggling to handle
society’s ideal image of masculinity and sophistication. Each passage is an
intimate portrayal of boys and men who are submerged in bewilderment and doubt,
recognize and appreciate a life that behaves like water: mysterious and dark
while at the same time refreshing and
Schuitema has been published in numerous magazines, including North American Review, TriQuarterly and Crazyhorse. A Midwestern native, Schuitema earned his MFA and Ph.D. from Western Michigan University and currently teaches English at Kendall College in Grand Rapids, Mich. Schuitema will discuss Freshwater Boys at Boswell Book Co. on Thursday, Aug. 12, at 7 p.m.