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Iowa newspaper profiles English professor, novelist

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A daily newspaper talks to Zachary Michael Jack, assistant professor of English, about his family's roots in Iowa and his latest novel.

The Daily Iowan, the newspaper of the University of Iowa, interviewed Jack about his new book, "Native Soulmate: A Season in Search of a Love Homegrown." Jack says it's part love story, part adventure story and an exploration of current issues that concern rural and small-town Iowa and the Midwest.

"One of those issues is the courtship process that folks who choose to live in rural face, particularly young people," he tells the newspaper. "The book deals with, and looks at, and explores in a participatory way — not spouting statistics, but (it's) more of a hypothesis."

Jack traces his family's roots in Iowa back seven generations and commutes to North Central from his home in Iowa. He teaches courses in creative writing and demographics and place.