Kitchens of the Great Midwest is, somehow:

1. One of the top 10 books of the year, voted by librarians across the US

2. One of the top 10 books of the year  (Chicago Public Libraries)

3. One of 2015's top 15 novels (Daily Mail)

4. A top 100 book of the year  (

5. A top 20 book of the year in Literature & Fiction  (

6. One of 2015's Great Reads, and a "Staff Pick" (

7. A top 12 Fiction book of the year in the Goodreads Choice Awards

8. A top 12 book of the year (Los Angeles Magazine)

9. One of 2015's  top books by Minnesotans (St. Paul  Pioneer Press)

10. A top 30 book of the year (Book Page)

11. A  "Best Fiction of 2015" pick  (Kansas City Star)

12. A top book of 2015 (Detroit Free Press)

13. One of the 20 best fiction books of 2015 (Business Insider)

14. A "Best book of 2015" at WBUR-FM (Boston's NPR affiliate)

15.  A featured book of 2015 (San Diego CityBeat)

16. One of the 12 books chosen by Entertainment Weekly for their holiday gift guide

17. One of the 10 books chosen as holiday picks at Greenlight Bookstore in Brooklyn, NY

18. One of Inforum's (Fargo, ND - Moorhead, MN) 10 Christmas gift book selections

19.  A pick to "finish out 2015" (Muskogee Phoenix)

20. One of the "12 books for Christmas" chosen by the Newport (R. I.) Mercury

I'm extremely grateful to be on any lists at all, so a huge thank you to the writers, readers, and book enthusiasts who do these things at the end of the year, and  thought of an unknown Minnesota native's weird debut novel  -- I truly appreciate it.