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Some Other Town

A Novel

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Channeling the emotional intensity of Susan Minot and Amy Bloom—and infused with a witty, dream-like surrealism reminiscent of Margaret Atwood—this mesmerizing debut takes us inside the unsettling world of Margaret Lydia Benning, which turns upside down when she falls in love…and then unravels before our eyes.

“What I have to tell Ben is just this. At last I am certain. All the signs, all the dreams are in. And I know now I have made a terrible mistake. I was wrong, it turns out, about us.”

Margaret Lydia Benning lives adrift in the same Midwest town where she went to college. By day, she works at a low-level job for the Project, a university-sponsored educational publisher housed in a former sanatorium. There she shares the fourth floor with a squadron of eccentric editors and a resident ghost from the screamers’ wing. At night, Margaret returns to her small house on Mott Street, resigned to the disturbing overtures of her strange neighbor, Mrs. Eberline.

Emotionally sleepwalking through the days is no way to lead a life. But then Margaret meets Ben Adams, a visiting professor of art at the university. Despite the odds—and their best intentions—Margaret and her professor become lovers, and she glimpses a future she had never before imagined. For the first time, she has hope…until Ben inexplicably vanishes. In the wake of his disappearance, Margaret sets out to find him. Her journey will force her to question everything she believes to be true.

Told through intertwined perspectives, by turns incandescent and haunting, Some Other Town is an unforgettable tale, with a heart-breaking twist, of one woman’s awakening to her own possibility—and her ability to love, and love well.

Customer Reviews

Remarkable and Quirky Midwestern Tale

Some Other Town, Elizabeth Collison's debut novel, is a remarkable and quirky midwestern tale. Margaret Benning, our protagonist, is a seemingly typical mid-to-late twenties woman who's trying to figure out the world, and her place in it. In the midst of that, she encounters some of the liveliest and quirkiest characters I've come across in literature. Bouncing between the incredibly relateable and the wholly surreal, Some Other Town isn't necessarily a page turner, but its beautiful prose will keep you flipping. Even better, the ending will have you re-thinking what you read in the best way possible, and I guarantee you'll want to be talking about it with your friends and family. I love reading stories that are set in my cultural and geographic roots, and this Iowa-set story doesn't disappoint.


This is a beautifully written debut novel about a single woman named Margaret who lives in a small Midwestern town. Her life has effectively stopped though she is not yet 30. When this moment happens (and it will happen to all of us), what do we do? The story develops when an interested stranger appears.

This is writing of a very high level. Plot is not the main thing here. You read this book for the richness of its language and its exploration of life and if we can really live it the way we want to.

Unique and Intriguing

Elizabeth’s novel Some Other Town is a brilliant must read book. From the first word to the last Elizabeth uses words like a painter uses paint, describing the settings, personal musings and subjects with delightful intelligence. The characters are unique and intriguing. The plot filled with twists and unexpected turns. I give her book 5 stars as it is worthy of all five.

Some Other Town
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  • Category: Literary
  • Published: Feb 24, 2015
  • Publisher: Harper Perennial
  • Print Length: 304 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: This book can only be viewed on an iOS device with Apple Books on iOS 12 or later, iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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