Posted on 09/20/2018 at 10:00 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

When she was growing up, Sarah Smarsh never saw herself as poor — she certainly wasn’t wealthy, but she was sheltered, fed, and loved.

Eventually, though, it dawned upon her that her family wasn’t, in fact, middle class.

Smarsh went on to write a memoir about that realization and how it’s reflected on a larger scale across the United States.

That book, Heartland: A Memoir of Working Hard and Being Broke in the Richest Country on Earth, has now been nominated for the National Book Awards honor in nonfiction.

Listen to Smarsh discuss the work on Weekend Edition below, or read the edited transcript on NPR’s website.

Categories: Author Interview

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