Essay Collection Depicts Midwestern Ideas of Gender and Class

Whether we choose to stay close to home or move miles away, there’s no denying that where we grow up has a major impact on shaping who we are.

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TOMBOYLAND: Essays (Topple Books, August 4, 2020, Hardcover, Kindle, Audiobook), is Melissa Faliveno’s powerful debut essay collection about gender and culture in the American Midwest. The book contains beautifully written personal stories of Faliveno’s upbringing in rural, working-class Wisconsin, and how her experiences shaped her views and caused her to question traditional Midwestern ideas of gender, identity, and class. 

A first generation college grad, Faliveno is currently living and working in Brooklyn. When she’s not writing, editing, or teaching, she is a singer and guitarist in an indie rock band.

Tomboyland perfectly illustrates how a person can feel both completely connected and totally removed from the place they call home.

You can learn more about Tomboyland, when Melissa Faliveno joins writer, Elena Passarello for a virtual book discussion, presented by WORD Bookstore, Tuesday, August 4 at 7:00pm.

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