In this autobiography, Woiwode does two things at once: he survives the winter of 1996, the worst in North Dakota's history, and tells the story of his beginnings as a writer, especially the early days at The New Yorker and leading up to the publication of his first book.
Larry Wiowode is the poet laureate of North Dakota. His fiction has appeared in The Atlantic Monthly, Esquire, Harper's, The New Yorker, and many other publications. His first novel, What I'm Going To Do, I Think, received the William Faulkner Foundation Award; his second, Beyond the Bedroom Wall, was a finalist for both the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award. He lives in western North Dakota with his wife.