Illinois State Library

Illinois Center for the Book

Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Joseph G. Peterson  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction

Audience: Adult;

Born: 1965 in Wheeling, Illinois

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Illinois Connection

Joseph Peterson went to the University of Chicago and lives in Chicago's Hyde Park area. He has published many short stories set in the city.

Biographical and Professional Information

Peterson is a novelist working out of Chicago. His work deals with estranged working-class outsiders who try to find their place in the world, but who often miss it. His work draws from his experience growing up in a working class suburb of Wheeling Illinois and working in factories, restaurants and construction. He currently works in publishing.

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Beautiful piece /
ISBN: 0875806295. OCLC Number: 320352388

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Gideon's confession
ISBN: 9781609091613. OCLC Number: 880354746

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Inside the whale :
ISBN: 1936679019. OCLC Number: 811414679

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Twilight of the idiots :
ISBN: 9781939987273. OCLC Number: 916502389

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Wanted: elevator man
ISBN: 9781609090562. OCLC Number: 868220493

Switchgrass Books, Northern Illinois University Press,. .

A profound but comedic meditation on failure in this life, how one comes to terms with not achieving one's dreams, the nature and origin of such dreams, and the meaning of the American dream itself--