New Hope is a fictional place but thanks to Patricia Ann McNair, it’s a place full of pain, heartbreak, faith and friendship. New Hope is the setting of The Temple of Air – the latest collection of stories from McNair. It’s no accident that McNair mines a Midwestern setting – the Columbia College professor has spent almost her entire life in the region. And while her experiences shape her stories, they aren’t entirely autobiographical. Eight Forty-Eight recently spoke with McNair about her stories and characters—and to learn more about how she approaches writing.
Music Button: Boards of Canada, "Hey Saturday Sun", from the album The Campfire Headphase, (Warp)