I loved this book. It was the first Lorna Landvik book that I read. Landvik makes you feel as if you know the people in this book personally. It takes the characters from the time they are young all the way through their lives. I couldn't stop reading this and didn't want it to end.
Patty Jane's House of Curl is an easy-to-read, joyous and funny story of a family of women, the tragedies in their lives, the strengths they find within themselves, and their ultimate victories. It follows the lives of two wacky Minnesota sisters, Patty Jane and Harriet, in a female Lake Wobegon where humor and hope overcome life's trials.
This is a great light read. Perfect for the beach on a sunny day, or for sitting by the fireside on a winter's night. The characters are well written--you care about them. The situations are zany, and sometimes stretch belief a tad. And there is just enough reality and substance to be able to reflect on it a bit after finishing it. Worth spending some time with.
Loved this book! I couldn't put it down. I have read several of Landvik's books and liked them all, but this may well be my favorite.
Not as good as Angry Housewives, but the story is touching, and makes you feel good.
Patty Jane's House of Curl is the story of two Minnesota sisters, Patty Jane and Harriet and their struggles with love, loss and adversity in the 1950's and 60's. The story begins as Patty Jane marries the best looking man in town, Thor Rolvaag. Within the year, Thor disappears leaving Patty Jane pregnant, miserable and penniless. With the help of her sister, Harriet, Patty Jane goes to beauty school and opens the House of Curl, an amazing beauty parlor with live harp music, Norwegian pastries and the love and support of good friends and clients. This is a novel that draws you into the lives of remarkable people and keeps you rooting for them to the very last page. Ms Landvik's writing is crisp and witty with a wonderful ear for dialogue and her scenes vivid and true to life. A novel about life at its best and worst, written with insight, wisdom and humor, Patty Jane's House of Curl will make you laugh and cry and appreciate the strong bonds of family and friends.
Sweetly sentimental book about small town life and the loves and losses of two sisters. Very funny and very poignant.
This book was very cute and a quick read! By the author of Angry Housewives Eating Bon-Bons!
Great offbeat, quirky book full of unique characters with and storyline that has a remarkable twist. Very engaging.
This is such a great story. If you haven't read Landvik you should.
A FUN FAST READ THAT WILL MAKE YOU LAUGH
from the back cover: "PATTY JANE'S HOUSE OF CURL has the emotional warmth of Lake Wobegon and the tender/tough female characters who populated Fried Green Tomatoes...a unique story."
I love Lorna Landvik. Her characters are great, and I can picture everything in my head. This story is full of surprises! Good, good book.
Great story line. Strong women getting through life on their own
One of the best Landvik books I have read. But aren't they all wonderful!?
Lorna Landvik is a great writer this book is also set in Minnesota with lots of my home state land marks that I love to remember.
This is first time I read this author. This book is about two sisters, wonderful and supportive relationships between women friends with love stories and tragedies in between. Wonderful story and I look forward to reading more from this author.
Laugh and cry through Patty Jane's
This book will make you laugh out loud and cry silent tears. It was like watching the movie Steele Magnolia's but without the southern flair.
This book was boring. I read the first 50 pages and it was just flat. No real plot. It just seemed like the author was rambling. The characters do not jump off the page and I couldn't find any connection to the characters, or the plot (if there was one). I would not recommend.
Geeez I didn't want this book to end. This isn't a chic or a cozy read as the title may suggest. This is the story of Patty Jane's House of Curl, a place where women could not only go to get their hair & nails done but to go & talk & better yet to be heard. It's a story of friendship & it's a story of sisters, family & love & above all to each their quest for dignity. I was laughing & I was sobbing. It's a wonderful warmhearted place I wanted to be real. Looking back there was a lot of wisdom in this book. I'll read it again someday in the near future. It's one of those books when you turn the last page you look up and say, "I won't be able to top this one for awhile".
I read this book for my bookclub. It was a fun read.
I enjoyed this. Such a sense of family! Am glad I read this. I do wish, though, that some of Ione's recipes had been included (everything sounded SO good!), I was starving by the time I finished this book! LOL!
(From back cover)
"A funny, poignant first novel about the bonds between women." -HOUSTON CHRONICLE
Patty Jane Dobbin should have known better than to marry a man as gorgeous as Thor Rolvaag, but she was too smitten to think twice. Yet nine months into their marriage, with a baby on the way, Thor is gone.
It's a good thing Patty Jane has her irrepressible sister, Harriet, to rely on. For it's been said that a fine haircut can cure any number of ills, and before long the Minnesota sisters have opened a neighborhood beauty parlor complete with live harp music and an endless supply of delicious Norwegian baked goods.
It's a wonderful, warmhearted place where you can count on good friends, lots aof laughter, tears, and comfort when you need it - and the unmistakeable scent of somebody getting a permanent wave...
"PATTY JANE'S HOUSE OF CURL has the emotional warmth of Lake Woebegone and the tender-tough female characters who populated 'Fried Green Tomatoes'...A unique story." -SAINT PAUL PIONEER PRESS
I fell in love with the characters in this book. A fun read!
A very good little book, it was a fast read and had a few little turns I did not expect, and at least one that I did! I liked Angry Housewives Eating BonBons better but this one was good also.
This book was a good read and as always with this author towards the end I couldn't put it down. The author always creates the most interesting and unique characters.
Funny and sad at the same time. Female bonding at it's best. Warm and tender characters as they evolve through the years.
I loved this book! So funny, tender, sad at times, and just plain fun to read. I had a hard time putting it down. There are some surprises is this story as well. I highly recommend it and I can't wait to read more of her stuff.
I loved this book. It held my interest from page 1 till the end. I've read all of Lorna's books now and hope there will be more.
Very entertaining. Great story. Wonderfully written.
This was a very meaningful story! A great read.
Patty Jane should have know better then to marry a man a gorgeous as Thor Rolvaag, but she was too smitten to think twice. Nine months into their marriage a baby is on the way and Thor is gone. It's a good thing Patty Jane has her irrepressible sister Harriett to rely on. Before long the sisters have opened a neighborhood beauty parlor, complete with live harp music and a never ending supply of delicious Norwegian baked goods. Its a wonderful warm hearted place where you cancount on good friends, lots of laughter, tears and comfort when you need it-and the unmistaken scent of someone getting a permanent wave.....
Just couldn't seem to get into it
This book made me laugh and cry, sometimes at the same time. I was on my knees towards the end bawling! No other writer has ever been able to do that to me. This book is incredible. I felt like I was there in the moments sharing the ups and downs as I read. You will not be sorry you picked this book up!
Very good book, enjoy Lorna Landvik's quirky characters and stories.
Another great read from Lorna Landvik!
all the emotions / all the adjectives / just a wonderful read!!
I really enjoyed this book. A heart warming tale.
Sorry. I don't really remember. I read it a long time ago.