About Maynard, Iowa

Most of the story takes places in northeastern Iowa, where we find the towns of Maynard and Oelwein. Both are small and rural, greatly shaping the lives of the people in this book.

In the 1950’s, Maynard wasn’t big enough to have a traffic light. Main Street was only about a block long and the town had the bare essentials of what constituted as a town: a gas station, diner, bar, bank, school and a park. The Volga River, one of the few rivers in North American that flows from south to north, runs through Maynard. The town was like many others around it.

Now, the town has more than 500 people.

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