Looks at a particular aspect of Neil Gaiman’s American Gods: its evocation of the quintessential American small town of Lakeside, Wisconsin. Lakeside is compared to similar small towns, with their more or less ambiguous undertones of insularity and something not quite right, in Jerome Bixby’s “It’s a Good Life,” Ray Bradbury’s Dandelion Wine, and Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion.

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