This is a wonderful collection of short stories as only Garrison Keillor can tell. They will take you back to a time when people left their doors unlocked and everyone knew everyone. It was a very heart warming book to read.
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In this, the first collection of Lake Wobegon monologues, Garrison Keillor tells us more about some of the people he introduced in print in Lake Wobegon Days, and about some others, many of whom are leaving home. This collection of thirty-six stories is his farewell tribute to life in Lake Wobegon - "where all the women are strong, all the men are good-looking, and all the children are above average."
This is a super collection of small town stories and told by this author is a sure to please everyone book. I enjoyed it so much as Garrison Keillor "talks to you" in this collection. Will make your heart laugh.
I love these 36 stories of "the town that time forgot, that the decades cannot improve." Keillor is a genius at painting a portrait in words of life in a small town. You feel part of the community and its happenings.
"Home," in Keillor's fictional world, is Lake Wobegon (the "Gateway to Central Minnesota"), which the radio humorist introduced in print in Lake Wobegon Days. This collection of stories set in Lake Wobegon is taken from monologues performed on A Prairie Home Companion, Keillor's radio show; each one chronicles some kind of leave-taking or homecoming: trips to Minneapolis, high school graduations, attending the Minnesota State Fair, a waitress quitting her job at the Chatterbox Cafe, a boy joining the army, Father Emil retiring from Our Lady of Perpetual Responsibility, family members returning to Lake Wobegon for Christmas. In the last story, from Keillor's final show, the storyteller bids farewell to his beloved hometown. Keillor has a rare gift for celebrating and finding humor in commonplace events, and his affection for his characters and for small-town life shines through. These short narratives survive the transition from performance to print beautifully; they are spare, artfully crafted vignettes that will move readers as well as entertain them. Some tales are wildly hilarious, others gently poignantbut all are simply wonderful.
I ordered this book for my husband to read..he just finished it and is encouraging me to finish up my current read to start on Lake Wobegon. He read me the story about the Lutheren ministers on the party boat on the lake...so funny! DH