Both of Jonathan Strong’s novels are set in the contemporary Midwest. Consolation is set in a small college writing program where art with a small a uncorrupted by New York scale ambition endures and prospers.
Hawkweed and Indian Paintbrush has a hero in his sixties who encounters his own past and present anew while working on an online historical atlas.
Strong has been publishing novels since the 1960s when he published a short story in Partisan Review that led to his being called the voice of his generation. He wasn’t that then nor is he now, just a maker of well written novels that give pleasure.