First thing, Anna, it's the Midwest, not the mystical Land of Oz. Second, yeah! Yeah! Let's talk about how awesome and literary the Midwest is!
Here are the Michiganders she mentions:
- American Salvage takes place in rural southwest Michigan, written by Bonnie Jo Campbell, who lives in Kalamazoo;
- Middlesex is set in Detroit and in this writer's hometown of Grosse Pointe (the street Middlesex is about half a mile from my childhood home), written by Jeffrey Eugenides, who was born in Detroit;
- Eden Springs takes place in Benton Harbor and was written by Lauren Kasischke, who lives in Chelsea; and, perhaps most notably,
- them, written by former Wayne State University professor Joyce Carol Oates, is set in Detroit.
I would have added Anatomy of a Murder, by Robert Traver, the pen name of Michigan Supreme Court Justice John D. Voelker, and Get Shorty, by Elmore Leonard (though that novel is set in Miami).