Fly-Over State

by Emma Straub


Fly-Over State is the story of a young woman who finds herself in an altogether foreign world: Wisconsin. While trying to define her role in both her new marriage and her new town, she looks for friends and confidants anywhere she can. But she didn’t expect to find the next door neighbor’s son, Mud.


“Emma Straub is a wry, witty, incisively observant writer and I was charmed from the first page to the last. Fly-Over State is a smart and memorable story that I will cherish, a great inaugural to a literary career that is full of promise.”

Dan Chaon, author of Await Your Reply


“Straub’s novella has the smarts and humor of a Lorrie Moore or a Laurie Colwin or a Laurie Anderson–any number of Lauries. It’s a fish-out-of-water story that slowly transforms into a fish-out-of-the-pond-and-into-the-river story and then, before you realize it, ends and leaves you to guess which way the current is flowing.”

Kevin Brockmeier, author of Things That Fall From the Sky and The Brief History of the Dead



First and Second Print Editions: SOLD OUT

(Released by Flatmancrooked in August 2009.)



Tremendous things have been afoot for Emma since her novella came out and we are so very proud of her. We suggest, with much fervor, that you buy her short story collection, Other People We Married (which contains Fly-Over State!) and her debut novel, Laura Lamont’s Life in Pictures, out from Riverhead in September 2012. You’re missing out, otherwise. (And hey—all you smarties that bought the signed first edition of Fly-Over State? Feeling pret-ty good about that, right? We sure are.)


Press and Reviews

“Straub does in just a few pages what other, much older writers have been unsuccessfully trying to do for a long while—write an affectionate portrait of life in the Midwest from an outsider’s perspective, with a keen sense of humor and without a hint of condescension…With a writer like Straub, it’s tempting to talk about potential, to speculate about what she might do next. But this book proves she’s already realized her potential; she’s a fully realized author—smart, compassionate, humane—even after just these two stories.”

-Michael Schaub; February 2010; Bookslut


“These are sharp, perfectly rendered pieces, funny and beautifully written and deeply affecting.”

-Emily St. John Mandel; May 2010; The Millions