Self-Published Author Captures the Emotions of the Great Depression

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Literary anthology reflects the lives of those who lived in one of history’s darkest moments

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Author James Sunwall paints a brilliant portrayal of the emotions, conflicts, and reflections on the Great Depression as seen through the experiences of one family through his engaging book. Published through Xlibris, Dodge County Fair chronicles the details and nuances of that historical moment through a riveting play and fifteen short stories.

Set in a Midwestern village during the 1930s, Dodge County Fair focuses on a family of Norwegian descent. The youngest son, Joey, dreams of going to the county fair. Daydreaming of the excitement, fun, displays and food, he temporarily escapes the poverty and sadness of everyday life. When a stranger claiming to be a long-lost relative appears at the door one day, the life of the family changes forever.

Intertwining historical facts with interesting fiction, Sunwall’s Dodge County Fair captures all the details and emotions of the Great Depression and gives it a human face. Along with its play, this release also includes fifteen short stories that focus on the characters in the play and moves through the timeline of the twentieth century. Although set in a time when economic collapse is greatly felt, this book offers a timely read as it gives a reflection of the dilemma several nations and many individual are facing today with regards to financial stability. It is a heartrending read that will captivate readers from the first page down to the last. For more information on this book, readers can log on to

About the Author
James Sunwall was born in 1922 in Hayfield, Minnesota. He served in the army in the Pacific during WWII. Afterward he received degrees from the Universities of Minnesota, Yale, and Iowa where he was a member of the Writers Workshop. He wrote and taught the writing of fiction, poetry, and drama for thirty years at the University of Florida where he is an emeritus professor.

DODGE COUNTY FAIR * by James Sunwall
A Play and Selected Short Fiction
Publication Date: January 31, 2006
Trade Paperback; $17.84; 179 pages; 978-1-5992-6662-6
Trade Hardback; $27.89; 179 pages; 978-1-5992-6663-3

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