Stories Too Good to be True?
A novel by Tom Warren
This tale takes place a few years into the future. It features a Beloit, Wisconsin, high school journalism teacher and his class. He is frustrated by the disappearance of investigative journalism that has accompanied the decline of traditional newspapers. They call this teacher Gov, like in Governor. Gov says, “All around us are untold stories. Some must be allowed to rest in private. Others need to be told, and some must be told!”
Gov’s students dig up stuff that at first glance seems un-believable. Certainly, many readers will think these things couldn’t happen in Beloit . . . Could they?
Ex-convicts teaching at Beloit College?
Major league baseball here, in little ol’ Belwah?
Vibrant main-line churches?
Violence and love in Oakwood Cemetery?
A goofy new industry?
A herd of old Buffaloes?
A world famous chef?
A death-defying turtle?
Love after death?
Spies snooping around?
They could and they do. Happen. And they need to be told. Is this the Beloit of our future, or our present? Well, things change and things that stay the same become better known. In the meantime, endangered species try to hang on.
Reader Comments About Discovering Beloit
“I love it. All chapters are interesting and fascinating. There is so much humor.”
“Discovering Beloit never failed to interest me. It is fun but also earnest. This book is endlessly inventive, a tour d’force.”
“Tom Warren blends the stark reality of the demise of print journalism with the very real loss of fact-finding that we are so used to. This is creative and clever writing that inspires the reader to ponder: it could happen here.”
“The narrative about [the teacher named] Gov is very strong, even mesmerizing. I liked the chapters on religion very much. . . For most readers the operations of the world of academia are petty and boring, but Tom Warren has made them interesting because he has made the people interesting.”
“This book is rich, rich, rich in scope, creative solutions, mystery and self-discoveries, and it’s just plain fun. It will appeal to those associated with Beloit and/or Beloit College, but also rings true for anyone trying to adjust to a changing world.”