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Catalog Archive / Fall 2021

South of Luck

Finalist of the 2022 Midwest Book Awards

“This is an author who knows how to write fiction. Guhl successfully captures the rural Wisconsin atmosphere during WWII. The story is engaging, the characters are humorous and believable. Even Milltown developed its own likeable personality. I truly enjoyed this very clever book.”
—Sara Rath, author of The Waters of Star Lake

It’s the summer of 1945, and sixteen-year-old ruffian Milo Egerson has been shipped from his Minneapolis home to his great-uncle Ham’s farm in rural northwestern Wisconsin. Though his mother puts on a smile and says it’ll do him good to be out in nature, they both know otherwise. Milo’s stepfather, the one who gave him that jagged scar, is set to be released from Stillwater Prison soon and has already promised to finish what he started.

Hoping there are enough miles between the Twin Cities and dusty Milltown, Milo sets about trying to make the most of life without running water and electricity while trying to better understand his own place in the world and what it all means. His tough-guy act softens as he blends into the community and befriends an endearing group of small-town folks. And that’s lucky for him, because to stay safe, he’s going to need all the help he can get.


Jim Guhl Jim Guhl is the award-winning author of Eleven Miles to Oshkosh and many short stories. He lives in Hudson, Wisconsin.




“Combining elements of a taut thriller and a coming-of-age tale with the spot-on details of a historical novel, South of Luck brings to life a small Midwestern town and a cast of diverse characters grappling with personal demons as well as the larger-than-life torsions that descended on mid-20th century America.”
—Evan Balkan, author of Independence



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Eleven Miles to Oshkosh
Jim Guhl


Across the Great Lake
Lee Zacharias

South of Luck: cover showing an old blue car in a field. The image is sepia tone with the title text written in white, all capps font, superimposed on top of it.

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September 2021
LC: 2021007333 PS
256 pp. 5.5 x 8.5

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Paper $18.95
ISBN 9780299332747
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