Pontoon : A Novel of Lake Wobegon (Paperback)

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Astonished to learn that her impeccable mother led a secret life marked by her passionate love for a Las Vegas man and a private commitment to pleasure, Barbara elects to end destructive patterns in her own life while honoring her mothers final wishes, an effort that coincides with a veterinarians efforts to marry her reluctant fiancT. Reprint. *Author: Keillor, Garrison *Subtitle: A Novel of Lake Wobegon *Publication Date: 2008/08/26 *Number of Pages: 248 *Binding Type: Paperback *Language: English *Depth: 0.50 *Width: 5.00 *Height: 7.75


Publisher Penguin Group USA
Mfg Part# 9780143114109
SKU 206856920
Format Paperback
ISBN10 0143114107
Release Date 8/26/2008
Dimensions (in Inches) 7.75H x 5L x 0.5T
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Garrison Keillor
Gary Edward (later Garrison) Keillor was born in 1942 in Anoka, Minnesota, into a family that adhered to a fundamentalist Christian sect, the Plymouth Brethren--and had a childhood he describes as "very happy." He attended the University of Minnesota, receiving his B. A. in 1966, and did graduate work from 1966 to 1968. In 1965, Keillor married Mary C. Guntzel. They had a son, Jason; they were divorced in 1976. A devotee of the Grand Ole Opry, Keillor began hosting "A Prairie Home Companion" on Minnesota Public Radio, and soon the show went national. He was greatly influenced by relatives who gave "long, meandering talks" at family gatherings. As his success grew, and the books inspired by his show lingered on the bestseller lists, Keillor grew more and more ambivalent about celebrity and losing touch with his Midwestern roots. He detested the onslaught of shopping malls and encroaching urbanization of his hometown. He shocked his following in 1984 when he closed "A Prairie Home Companion." He moved to Denmark in 1987 with his second wife, but eventually returned to the U.S. (until 1992 he was a staff writer at The New Yorker), where after another divorce he married wife number three, a violinist.
"Only the most skillful literary hands should attempt the combination of flat-out farce and genuine emotion; [Garrison] Keillor, like Larry McMurtry in TERMS OF ENDEARMENT is up to the job....With all their familiar elements, Keillor's Lake Wobegon books have become a set of synoptic gospels, full of wistfulness and futility yet somehow spangled with hope."
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Annotation The quaint Minnesota town of Lake Wobegon may not exist, but it continues to expand all the time. Garrison Keillor, the famously laconic host of National Public Radio's A PRAIRIE HOME COMPANION, spins another yarn about the simple life of Midwestern folk in PONTOON, his whimsical and deadpan comedic novel and the latest addition to Lake Wobegon lore. Octogenarian Evelyn Peterson seemed to be an upstanding member of the community: good, modest, and religious. Only after her death does her daughter, Barbara, discover that Evelyn lived a double life, flying off to Vegas with her lover, Raoul, to dance and carouse. To the scandal of the community, Evelyn's last wish was to be cremated, placed inside a bowling ball, and spread over Lake Wobegon from a pontoon boat, and Barbara is determined to carry out the crazy plan as a way to honor the side of her mother she never knew existed. Meanwhile, a pontoon boat plays a pivotal role in the life of an erstwhile inhabitant of Lake Wobegon, Debbie Detmer, a Los Angeles millionaire returning to her home town in hopes of holding an ostentatious pontoon boat wedding on the lake. Lake Wobegon may be a simple little town, but the situations its citizens get involved in are incredibly complex--and wonderfully funny.
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Number of Pages 0248
Publisher Penguin Books

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