A Trip Through Downer, Minnesota

A Balancing Act

by Gretchen Johnson

Stop and stay a while in this tiny town located just east of Fargo. Meet the narrator, his overbearing girlfriend, meddling mother, and the other colorful characters who reside there. Travel the pages to see the stark beauty of the prairie in winter, feel the pain of marrying the wrong person, taste the recipes in the church cookbook, and feel the fabric of the fields and faces along the way. “You’ll be surprised how much there is to see.”

Order from any bookstore, local or online. This title is also available from Fleur Fine Books of Galveston, Texas. 

About the Author


Gretchen Johnson lives in Beaumont, Texas, and is Associate Professor of English at Lamar University. She earned a B.A. in Creative Writing from Southwest Minnesota State University and an MFA in Creative Writing from Texas State University. Her short stories and poems have appeared in The Blue Bear ReviewThe Meridian Anthology of Contemporary PoetryPoetry HarborSpout Press, The Sow’s Ear Poetry Review, and others. Her first novel, Single in Southeast Texas, was published by Golden Antelope Press in 2017, and the same press published her second novel, Young Again, in 2021. Johnson has a third novel forthcoming in 2023.