Hoosier Life & Casualty
by Ian Woollen

Fiction · Paperback · 244 pages
ISBN 978-1-934081-21-1 · Out of Print

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Objects in mirror are closer than they appear

Just ask Elvis Scurvine. A brief joyride in a borrowed truck turns into a month-long rollercoaster with the woman he never wanted to meet. Her unorthodox views on health insurance, a failed jailbreak, a pair of Civil War reenactors, and a pharmaceutical experiment gone awry all add to the summer heat in the Crossroads of America.

"This is one wild ride which doesn't slow down for the turns (or the PsychClones) or the sober confines of polite society. This is the romp his first book predicted; fun stuff!" - Ron Carlson, author of Five Skies

"Slightly off center, out of orbit, and very much down home, Hoosier Life & Casualty amplifies perfectly the strangeness at the crossroads of story, history, and Indiana." - Michael Martone, author of Michael Martone

"Hoosier Life & Casualty mines the uptight, dysfunctional world of a wealthy Indianapolis family, and refines from that ore a rebel as sympathetic as Vonnegut's Eliot Rosewater." - James Alexander Thom, author of Saint Patrick's Battalion

"I thoroughly enjoyed this entertaining, imaginative, and very human book. It deserves a wide readership." - Michael Z. Lewin, author of Oh Joe

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Ian Woollen's first novel, Stakeout on Millennium Drive won the 2006 Best Books of Indiana Fiction Award, and his short stories and poetry have appeared in The Massachusetts Review, Tennessee Quarterly, Decomp, Juked, Onthebus, Porcupine, Red Dancefloor, Snake Nation Review, Square Table, Zone 3, and the Mid-American Review, which awarded him the Sherwood Anderson Prize for Best Short Story of the Year.

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