Book Reviews of Rookery Blues

Rookery Blues
Rookery Blues
Author: Jon Hassler
ISBN-13: 9780345406415
ISBN-10: 0345406419
Publication Date: 8/20/1996
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.

3.5 stars, based on 2 ratings
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Book Type: Paperback
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"UNFORGETTABLE . . . Hassler has skillfully encapsulated an entire world of humanity and emotion in one tiny town in northern Minnesota."
--San Diego Union-Tribune
Rookery State College in the late 1960s is an academic backwater if ever there was one. Then, one frigid afternoon, the Icejam Quintet is born. With Leland Edwards on piano, Neil Novotny on clarinet, Victor Dash on drums, and Connor on bass, the group comes together with the help of its muse, the lovely Peggy Benoit, who plays saxophone and sings. But soon isolated Rookery State will be touched by the great discontent sweeping the country. News of a salary freeze electrifies the rabble-rousing Victor, and the first labor union in the college's history comes noisily to campus. As a teachers' strike takes shape, threatening both the draft-dodging students and the complacent administration, the five musicians must struggle with their loyalties--to the school, the town, their families, and each other. . . .
--The Orlando Sentinel
--Publishers Weekly
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This story kept my interest, about a group of professors at a dinky little college in Michigan who form a musical group and become a part of a strike for more pay.
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These fictional characters are too much like the real characters that staff our institutions higher education. The story bored me, and the characters annoyed me.