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A fresh and funny Lake Wobegon novel about a woman with a secret life.

In Lake Wobegon lives a good Lutheran lady who is quite prepared to die and wishes to be cremated and her ashes placed inside a bowling ball and dropped into the lake, no prayers, no hymns, thank you very much. Meanwhile, the Detmer girl returns from California where she has made a killing in veterinary aromatherapy to marry her boyfriend Brent aboard Wally's pontoon boat, presided over by her minister, Misty Naylor of the Sisterhood of the Sacred Spirit. Brent arrives on Thursday. On Saturday, a delegation of renegade Lutheran pastors from Denmark come to town on their tour of America, their punishment for having denied the divinity of Jesus. And Barbara Peterson, whose mother, Evelyn, left the startling note about cremation and the bowling ball, is in love with a lovely fat man who slips around town in the dim light and reconnoiters with her at the Romeo Motel.

And then there is Raoul of the cigars and tinted shades and rainbow sportscoat and his long phone message ("Hey, Precious") after the angel of death has already come and gone.

All is in readiness for the wedding — the giant shrimp shish kebabs, the French champagne, the wheels of imported cheese, the pate with whole peppercorns, the hot-air balloon, the flying Elvis, the pontoon boat, and the giant duck decoys — and then something else happens.

It is Lake Wobegon as you've imagined it — good, loving people who drive each other slightly crazy.

Review:

"K eillor's delightful latest addition to the Lake Wobegon series, set in the fictional Minnesota town known to legions of A Prairie Home Companion radio show fans, opens with a typically laconic musing: 'Evelyn was an insomniac, so when they say she died in her sleep, you have to question that.' The author's storytelling skills come to the fore as he describes Evelyn Peterson, a sprightly 82-year-old whose secret life of romance and adventure is revealed after her death. Her daughter, Barbara, a please-everyone type with a fondness for chocolate liqueur, finds Evelyn dead in bed, and things snowball from there. Debbie Detmer, who made her fortune as an animal therapist for the rich and famous, is planning a grand commitment ceremony (on a pontoon boat in Lake Wobegon) to celebrate her relationship with a private jet time-share salesman. Meanwhile, Barbara plans to carry out her mother's wishes for a cremation ceremony involving a bowling ball filled with her ashes, and then there's the group of Danish Lutheran ministers stopping by Lake Wobegon on their tour of the U.S. Keillor's longtime fans may find some of the material familiar (he notes he's told this story 'several hundred times... with many variations'), but there's plenty of fun to be had with the well-timed deadpans and homespun wit. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"When I was a boy growing up in a small town much like Garrison Keillor's Lake Wobegon, every family seemed to have an Evelyn Peterson: an agnostic in a predominantly Lutheran community, who at 82 wears 'feathery earrings like trout flies' and chats with strangers on the Internet under the handle 'HotShot82.' At the beginning of Keillor's hilarious new novel, Evelyn sets in motion a circus of zany... Washington Post Book Review (read the entire Washington Post review)

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"[I]n a word, delightful....Pontoon is fun and engaging. Evelyn is a blast, some other Wobegoners are pills, and you just can't help rooting for Barbara. Pontoon is a small, perfect, unblemished peach of a book." The Baltimore Sun

Review:

"[A] funny and lyrical portrait of another generation of Wobegonians....Pontoon, like a soft summer day or a favorite hymn, is an unmitigated pleasure." Minneapolis Star Tribune

Review:

"By reminding us of those things that are just stupid (and silly, and full of Keillor's hilarious invention), we let go of them, laugh at ourselves and our foibles and return to the common sense and courtesy we imagine — we hope, we pray — underlies the human condition." Los Angeles Times

Review:

"As I read [Pontoon], I chortled and guffawed. And after I finished, I thought long and hard about its serious message." St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Review:

"The jokes and themes will be familiar to Keillor's radio fans. But the tone is edgier. There's more sex...and I doubt Keillor ever uttered the words 'premature ejaculation' on the radio....Keillor makes humor looks easy, which it rarely, if ever, is." USA Today

Synopsis:

A novel about courage and transformation in a town stuck in its ways, Pontoon is a heartfelt and comic work by the host and writer of public radio's A Prairie Home Companion, and one of the greatest modern storytellers.

Synopsis:

Garrison Keillor makes his long- awaited return to Lake Wobegon with this New York Times bestseller

The first new Lake Wobegon novel in seven years is a cause for celebration. And Pontoon is nothing less than a spectacular return to form?replete with a bowling ball-urn, a hot-air balloon, giant duck decoys, a flying Elvis, and, most importantly, Wally?s pontoon boat. As the wedding of the decade approaches (accompanied by wheels of imported cheese and giant shrimp shish kebabs), the good-loving people of Lake Wobegon do what they do best: drive each other slightly crazy.

About the Author

Garrison Keillor is the host and writer of the public radio program A Prairie Home Companion, now in its thirtieth year. He is the author of sixteen books, most recently the New York Times bestseller Homegrown Democrat.

Series Description

Garrison Keillor's Lake Wobegon stories have captured the imagination of millions and become an American institution. The critically acclaimed 2006 feature film A Prairie Home Companion, written by Keillor and directed by Robert Altman, introduced new fans to the beloved and iconic Lake Wobegon.

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TDB, April 10, 2008 (view all comments by TDB)
Another hysterical, crack-up-laughing novel about some more of the folks of Lake Wobegon, by the expert, one of a kind storyteller, Garrison Keillor. You will not be able to put this one down until you have finished it! You just got to love those wacky, funny ol' people of his (and his fans' ) imagination. ...
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This is a sexy funny book that will keep you in stitches.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780670063567
Subtitle:
A Novel of Lake Wobegon
Author:
Keillor, Garrison
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Lake Wobegon (Minn.: Imaginary place)
Subject:
Lutheran women
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Lake Wobegon Novels
Publication Date:
September 2007
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
9.30x6.34x.94 in. .99 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "K eillor's delightful latest addition to the Lake Wobegon series, set in the fictional Minnesota town known to legions of A Prairie Home Companion radio show fans, opens with a typically laconic musing: 'Evelyn was an insomniac, so when they say she died in her sleep, you have to question that.' The author's storytelling skills come to the fore as he describes Evelyn Peterson, a sprightly 82-year-old whose secret life of romance and adventure is revealed after her death. Her daughter, Barbara, a please-everyone type with a fondness for chocolate liqueur, finds Evelyn dead in bed, and things snowball from there. Debbie Detmer, who made her fortune as an animal therapist for the rich and famous, is planning a grand commitment ceremony (on a pontoon boat in Lake Wobegon) to celebrate her relationship with a private jet time-share salesman. Meanwhile, Barbara plans to carry out her mother's wishes for a cremation ceremony involving a bowling ball filled with her ashes, and then there's the group of Danish Lutheran ministers stopping by Lake Wobegon on their tour of the U.S. Keillor's longtime fans may find some of the material familiar (he notes he's told this story 'several hundred times... with many variations'), but there's plenty of fun to be had with the well-timed deadpans and homespun wit. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "[I]n a word, delightful....Pontoon is fun and engaging. Evelyn is a blast, some other Wobegoners are pills, and you just can't help rooting for Barbara. Pontoon is a small, perfect, unblemished peach of a book."
"Review" by , "[A] funny and lyrical portrait of another generation of Wobegonians....Pontoon, like a soft summer day or a favorite hymn, is an unmitigated pleasure."
"Review" by , "By reminding us of those things that are just stupid (and silly, and full of Keillor's hilarious invention), we let go of them, laugh at ourselves and our foibles and return to the common sense and courtesy we imagine — we hope, we pray — underlies the human condition."
"Review" by , "As I read [Pontoon], I chortled and guffawed. And after I finished, I thought long and hard about its serious message."
"Review" by , "The jokes and themes will be familiar to Keillor's radio fans. But the tone is edgier. There's more sex...and I doubt Keillor ever uttered the words 'premature ejaculation' on the radio....Keillor makes humor looks easy, which it rarely, if ever, is."
"Synopsis" by , A novel about courage and transformation in a town stuck in its ways, Pontoon is a heartfelt and comic work by the host and writer of public radio's A Prairie Home Companion, and one of the greatest modern storytellers.
"Synopsis" by ,
Garrison Keillor makes his long- awaited return to Lake Wobegon with this New York Times bestseller

The first new Lake Wobegon novel in seven years is a cause for celebration. And Pontoon is nothing less than a spectacular return to form?replete with a bowling ball-urn, a hot-air balloon, giant duck decoys, a flying Elvis, and, most importantly, Wally?s pontoon boat. As the wedding of the decade approaches (accompanied by wheels of imported cheese and giant shrimp shish kebabs), the good-loving people of Lake Wobegon do what they do best: drive each other slightly crazy.

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