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Miles Harvey's The Drought


"On the fourth month of the second year of the drought, which brought so much despair to our community, the weatherman began to grow his beard. . . ."

So begins Miles Harvey's The Drought, the story of a weatherman who brings hope to his small city on the plains as he reports every day on the severe weather that has overtaken their lives. The weatherman, obsessed with the drought, now pores over weather maps and studies historical precedents. He has also begun a dangerous affair with the wife of the barber whose shop is across the street from the news studio. The weatherman may just hold the key to bringing rain once more, but will his twin obsessions save the city or bring about his own destruction?


MILES HARVEY’s stories have appeared in PloughsharesThe Michigan Quarterly Review, The Sun, The Sonora Review, Fiction Magazine, Nimrod, and other publications. His nonfiction work includes The Island of Lost Maps: A True Story of Cartographic Crime (Random House, 2000) and Painter in a Savage Land: The Strange Saga of the First European Artist in North America (Random House, 2008). He is an assistant professor of English at DePaul University.

*This title was printed in a limited edition for AWP 2012. 



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