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New Novel “The Butterfly Effect” Brings Readers To Ames

Courtesy of Rachel Mans McKenny
"The Butterfly Effect" is Rachel Mans McKenny's first published novel.

Rachel Mans McKenny’s novel “The Butterfly Effect” covers some very familiar territory for many Iowans, especially those who live in Ames. The characters move through Iowa State’s Memorial Union, Parks Library, Mary Greeley Hospital and Reiman Gardens while exploring issues of identity and belonging.

On this episode of Talk of Iowa, host Charity Nebbe is joined by McKenny for a discussion of her debut novel.


  • Rachel Mans McKenny, author of “The Butterfly Effect”
Charity Nebbe is the host of IPR's Talk of Iowa
Katelyn Harrop is a producer for IPR's River to River and Talk of Iowa