Jill Landem

Listed in: Western Americana · Fiction · American Literature · Literary Studies

Interior Country · Stories of the Modern West
Edited by Alexander Blackburn, Craig Lesley, and Jill Landem

A mile down the road from the Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory, a woman unearths an ancient shard of pottery bearing the thousands-year-old thumbprint of a Navawi'i woman. A marriage is thrown into crisis by the husband's discovery, on a fishing trip, of a girl’s corpse. To impress the prostitute he wants to marry, a man constructs a homemade atomic bomb.

“Using [an] eclectic collection of material, The Interior Country redefines the Western experience moving away from popular, old clichés and stereotypes towards new limits and a surreal consciousness which ominously encompasses the dangers of the nuclear age.”

Robert F. Walch, Journal of the West