The Funeral Director's Wife is a rare piece of Americana. Like Our Town, Prairie Home Companion, and Spoon River Anthology, it has the heart, flavor and humor of small town America as tales of the life and the foibles of the profession unfold. Co-author Douglass was married to an Iowa funeral director, and the incidents are all based on truth in that strange, unusual, fascinating environment. The Minneapolis Star Tribune called The Fineral Director's Wife "a delightfully twisted commentary on marriage, the business and the small town in Iowa ... The seemingly random events add up to a hilarious and touching whole."