Lake Wobegon Summer 1956 by Garrison Keillor LIMITED EDITION
Limited edition Leather Bound book with gllt lettering and design to covers and spine. signed by Garrison. 291pp. Moire endpapers. Five raised bands. Signed certificate of authenticity, numbered and dated.
During the summer of 1956, fourteen-year-old geek Gary struggles with the hormonal pains and obsessions of puberty as he experiences a passionate devotion to his rebellious cousin Kate and pursues his dream of becoming a writer, but when Kate gets into trouble with the local basketball star, Gary is forced to deal with the first pangs of a broken heart.
Keillor's first novel in four years returns readers to the familiar territory of Lake Wobegon, that fabled Minnesota backwater he's made so famous and so familiar to his fans. Here we meet 14-year-old Gary, an introspective, scholarly youth (a self-described tree toad) struggling with his own turbulent adolescent dramas while also dealing with life among the quirky residents of his small town. A bit of a cynic, Gary also is struggling with his feelings about his family, a pious group who belong to a tiny evangelical Christian group called "sanctified brethren." Keillor details Gary's growth as a writer (from authoring juvenile tales featuring bodily functions to composing introspective musings on much deeper issues), as well as his discoveries about life and his attempts to comprehend the peculiarities of human nature that are propelling him into adulthood. This coming-of-age tale is told in Keillor's trademark humorous, bittersweet fashion. It is a quick and enjoyable read. Librarians should stock up because Keillor's legions of fans will be clamoring for it. Kathleen Hughes
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