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Joseph G. Peterson

Born: 1965 in Wheeling, Illinois
Pen Name: None

Connection to Illinois: Joseph Peterson went to the University of Chicago and lives in Chicago's Hyde Park area. He has published many short stories set in the city.

Biography: Peterson is a novelist working out of Chicago. His work deals with estranged working-class outsiders who try to find their place in the world, but who often miss it. His work draws from his experience growing up in a working class suburb of Wheeling Illinois and working in factories, restaurants and construction. He currently works in publishing.


Primary Literary Genre(s): Fiction

Primary Audience(s): Adult readers

Joseph G. Peterson on WorldCat :

Selected Titles

Beautiful piece /
ISBN: 0875806295 OCLC: 320352388

Switchgrass Books/Northern Illinois University Press, DeKalb : ©2009.

  Gideon's confession
ISBN: 9781609091613 OCLC: 880354746

Switchgrass Books, NIU Press, DeKalb, IL : 2014.

Inside the whale :
ISBN: 1936679019 OCLC: 811414679

Wicker Park Press, River Forest, Ill. : ©2012.

Twilight of the idiots :
ISBN: 9781939987273 OCLC: 916502389

  Wanted: elevator man
ISBN: 9781609090562 OCLC: 868220493

Switchgrass Books, Northern Illinois University Press, DeKalb, Illinois : 2012.

A profound but comedic meditation on failure in this life, how one comes to terms with not achieving one's dreams, the nature and origin of such dreams, and the meaning of the American dream itself--