In this memoir Debra Marquart describes her love for the upper Midwest of America, even though it is plain, dry, and uninhabitable to its early ancestors. Marquart appeals with ethos in her memoir. She uses diction along with changes in tone and allusion to characterize the dead plains, but also shows the true beauty that the Midwest uncover and distinguish it from any other place in America.
In the beginning Marquart explains a freeway that cuts through the state of North Dakota that is “so lonely, treeless, and devoid of rises and curves in places that it will feel like one long-held pedal steel guitar note. If your tires are in proper alignment, you’ll only need to tap your steering wheel to keep your car on a straight-ahead path. “. She describes the freeway as dull and colorless, and having no life. But then changes tone to her grandparents saying ” —Eureka, South Dakota. Eureka—…” when they arrive in the plains from a train looking at the undiscovered beauty and hopefulness of what the region has to offer.