Edward McClelland is a native of Lansing, Michigan, and he has dedicated much of his career to unpacking what it means to be Midwesterner, from the way we speak, to the legends we tell ourselves, to our Great Lakes. His two most recent books, his debut novel Running for Home and Midnight in Vehicle City explore blue-collar work.
Set in the 1980s, Running for Home is the story of Kevin Ward, a track and cross-country star at a high school across the street from the auto plant where his father works. When the plant closes down, his father has to decide whether to take a transfer to Tennessee, and Kevin steps up his training in an attempt to win a scholarship to the state university.
Running for Home is a fictional sequel to Midnight in Vehicle City: General Motors, Flint, and the Strike That Built the Middle Class, about the Flint Sit Down Strike. Running for Home takes place a half-century later, when the prosperity created by the Sit Down Strike was ending.