American Rust Setting

Philipp Meyer
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Buell

Buell, Pennsylvania in present day is where the major characters live. It's a moderately-sized industrial town that was once dominated by its steel industry. But nowadays, the mill has closed down. This has led to high unemployment and a general economic depression in the area. The working-class people in Buell suffer as they struggle to remain above the poverty line, and the town is quite rundown. This scenario mirrors the historical reality of many steel towns in the northeast United States which changed significantly (and often for the worse) with manufacturing leaving the U.S.

Like the town, the characters are worse for the wear. They cannot escape the town and are very much a product of their environment. The town is in a state of decay and so are its inhabitants.

Fayette Prison

Billy Poe is taken to Fayette Prison once he is arrested for the murder...

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