American Salvage by Bonnie Jo Campbell: Ethan Vogt - Communication Design and Development

Mostly they were dirty and rusted from the slush and mud and road salt, but each of their bodies contained a core of platinum.

American Salvage

American Salvage is a collection of short stories by author Bonnie Jo Campbell that revolve around the decaying economic state of a rural America seemingly forgotten by the masses. The tales are grungy, grimy, and showcase the lives of human beings caught in vicious cycles of drugs, poverty, and fractured relationships.

American Salvage dust jacket

Full Dust Jacket Spread

The concept behind the system is inspired by a line posed at the end of the collection’s titular story in which human beings are compared to catalytic converters.