Lake Wobegon Summer 1956 by Garrison Keillor

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Meet fourteen-year-old Gary. A self-described "tree-toad,"a sly and endearing geek, Gary has many unwieldy passions, chief among them his cousin Kate, his Underwood typewriter and the soft-porn masterpiece, High School Orgies. The folks of Lake Wobegon don't have much patience for a kid's ungodly obsessions, and so Gary manages to filter the hormonal earthquake that is puberty and his hopeless devotion to glamorous, rebellious Kate through his fantastic yarns. With every marvellous story he moves a few steps closer to becoming a writer. And when Kate gets herself into trouble with the local baseball star, Gary also experiences the first pangs of a broken heart.

With his trademark gift for treading "a line delicate as a cobweb between satire and sentiment"(Cleveland Plain Dealer), Garrison Keillor brilliantly captures a newly minted post-war America and delivers an unforgettable comedy about a writer coming of age in the rural Midwest.

 

About Garrison Keillor

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Garrison Keillor, author of nearly a dozen books, is founder and host of the acclaimed radio show A Prairie Home Companion and the daily program The Writer's Almanac. He is also a regular contributor to Time magazine.
 
Published August 27, 2002 by Penguin Books. 308 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Literature & Fiction, Professional & Technical, History, Action & Adventure. Non-fiction

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The narrative rambles about amiably, as Gary bonds affectionately with his doting, dotty maiden Aunt Eva (who may remind readers of Truman Capote’s immortal Cousin Sook), trespasses the bounds of decency with his hellion cousin Kate, works as a temporary sportswriter covering the woeful Lake Wobe...

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With a four-year hiatus since Wobegon Boy, legions of Keillor faithful will likely hold candlelight vigils in front of their favorite booksellers awaiting the arr

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Near the beginning of ''Lake Wobegon Summer 1956,'' Garrison Keillor supplies a beautiful description of the often abrupt transition between childhood and adolescence: ''I was a very good boy right up until the age of 11,'' says the narrator, a boy named Gary.

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Lake Wobegon Summer 1956 written and read by Garrison Keillor Running time 6.5 hours Faber audiobooks, £12.99 Lake Wobegon is Garrison Keillor's third novel about this fictitious central Minnesotan town inhabited by German Catholics and Norwegian Lutherans.

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The Guardian

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Although it can be read as a memoir of 1950s America, Lake Wobegon Summer 1956 is really about Garrison Keillor - about the boy who would become the man who would write Lake Wobegon Summer 1956 .

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The Guardian

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Lake Wobegon Summer 1956 Garrison Keillor Faber and Faber £16.99, pp256 In some respects, Garrison Keillor's latest novel in the Lake Wobegon series need not have been dated 1956.

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Recounting the trials and tribulations of coming of age under the smothering influence of the Sanctified Brethren, a religious sect preaching unrelenting hellfire and damnation during the summer of 1956 in the tiny backwater of Lake Wobegon, the somewhat nerdy hero has a sexual fixation on his sl...

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