A young Minnesota farmer is struck by lightning and found dead in a field. Newspaper reporter Eddy Osland thinks hes happened across an unfortunate farm accident until the dead farmers brother hands Eddy an almanac, claiming his brother was murdered because he had proof that the government controls the global weather system. As soon as Eddy takes possession of the almanac, his life is thrown upside down. National Security Agents begin following him, eyewitnesses are killed, and his wife and children are missing. Eddy is left with little evidence as the government begins closing in to discredit him. The only person who can help him prove his case is a Vietnam veteran who was listed as an MIA over twenty years before.
"In Chris Fink's debut work of fiction, America's rural core is cracked open to reveal moments of stark beauty and cruelty. Farmer's Almanac-a new Midwestern Gothic-is an imaginary handbook for rural living, as timeless and essential as its namesake. But this is no American pastoral. Fink's vision is more Orwell than Rockwell. Not since Winesburg, Ohio has a book so thoroughly plumbed the Midwestern character. A despairing farmer milks a dead cow, a baseball phenom chooses between the diamond and the dairy barn, and in the back of the school bus, a young girl fights back against her tormentors. Farmer's Almanac reports the new from mythical Odette County, Wisconsin, where the milk prices keep falling, and the forecast is not good." - back cover.