A DIGITAL STORY OF THE AMERICAN MIDWEST
A fresh story and take…” “I am intrigued to know more.” “This is fantastic!” – People are talking about Life in a Northern Town.
Rural hustlers and urban hipsters, immigrants and opportunists, meth cartels, vape shops, petroleum boom towns and more – this is the American Midwest of the 2010s. Centered around the interactive tale experienced by nearly 20,000 so far, Life in a Northern Town begins with a crisis, a dangerous solution and the consequences that follow.
“How did we get here?”
Across three states, eight characters and thousands of miles, the story unfolds:
- How It All Began: An introduction via Medium Series (a recent Medium Editors’ Pick)
- The Open Road: A dead man leaves a message for his children.
- The Corner Store: For better or worse, a son finds his place.
- The Lift Bridge: “You need to come home.” And after falling in love, starting a family and discovering himself at the center of more vice than he ever imagined, an expatriate finally does.
- Go West (interactive, told via the Twine platform): Layoffs send a Twin Cities graphic designer to the oil fields of North Dakota, where fortune, romance and danger await.
- The Immigrant: Inspired by the Laura Ingalls Wilder books of her childhood, a wealthy citizen of the world follows her dream to a Minnesota family farm – “for sale, price negotiable” – and finds her purchase impeded.
- Dakota: A young entrepreneur finds himself befriended by two sides of a feuding family – and soon entangled in treacherous events.
- Retribution (interactive, told via the Inklewriter platform): A displaced farm girl seeks the truth behind her father’s murder.
Map courtesy of Alvin Jewett Johnson [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons. All characters appearing in this work are fictitious. © 2016 People and Places. All rights reserved. Any resemblance to real persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental.