Driftless is set in the small, isolated town of Words, Wisconsin. It follows the stories of several of the townspeople, including a farm couple who are fighting corruption in their milk cooperative, a passionate young pastor, a promising musician, and two elderly sisters. At the center is July Montgomery, once an outsider, who is now a cherished member of the community. The characters are well drawn and the reader quickly comes to care about all of them. It's a novel about small town life, about love and compassion, and about community.
Driftless is the All Iowa Reads selection for 2010. It should generate some great discussions!