Ranging back and forth, with various books, between fiction and non-fiction, University of Notre Dame professor Roy Scranton makes this welcome Elliott Bay return with a new novel and a quite recent work of non-fiction, at once. I (Heart) Oklahoma! (Soho Press) is a wild road trip of a novel, set in our present time.
“Part existential farce, part metatextual dystopian road trip romp, I ❤ Oklahoma! is ambitious, omnivorous, inventive, and imbued with a dark and hilarious sense of whimsy. If your personal journey through the American wasteland has begun to feel like a slog, this book will remind you that there’s a certain thrill in watching the show unfold from the first-row seats, the ones in the splash zone.” —Alexandra Kleeman.
“There is something dangerous and dizzying about Scranton’s writing, a violence of ideas. In I ❤ Oklahoma!, he turns his intellectual weapons on an elusive and necessary subject—the mystery that is America, and the extent to which even those people marinated fully in the mythology of this country can find themselves at a loss to understand it.”—Omar El Akkad.
Also here is a literary study, Total Mobilization: World War II and American Literature (University of Chicago Press). “...This is a groundbreaking work of literary criticism and cultural history. It will be part of the permanent legacy of writing about literature and war in the twentieth century.” - Wai Chee Dimock.