Liberty: A Lake Wobegon Novel

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Penguin, 2008 - Fiction - 267 pages
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A national holiday in Lake Wobegon is always gaudy and joyful. But what is going on between Clint Bunsen and Miss Liberty?

Clint Bunsen is one of the old reliables in Lake Wobegon— the treasurer of the Lutheran church and the auto mechanic who starts your car on below-zero mornings. For six years he has run the Fourth of July parade, turning what was once a line of pickup trucks and girls pushing baby carriages that hold their cats into an event of dazzling spectacle. Blazing bands, marching units, cannons, horses, a fireworks show, and the famous Living Flag—one thousand men and women wearing red, white, or blue, standing in formation—have attracted the attention of CNN and prompted the governor to put in an appearance as well. The town is dizzy with anticipation. Until, that is, they hear of Clint’s ambition to run for Congress. They’re embarrassed for him. They know him too well—his unfortunate episodes involving vodka sours, his rocky marriage. And then there is his friendship, or whatever it is, with the twenty-four-year-old girl who dresses up as the Statue of Liberty for the parade. It’s rumored that underneath those robes she is buck naked, and that her torch contains a quart of booze.

It’s Lake Wobegon as it’s always been—good loving people who drive each other crazy.
 

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Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
11
Section 3
21
Section 4
29
Section 5
33
Section 6
39
Section 7
55
Section 8
63
Section 16
129
Section 17
141
Section 18
153
Section 19
171
Section 20
185
Section 21
189
Section 22
201
Section 23
207

Section 9
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Section 10
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Section 11
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Section 12
105
Section 13
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Section 14
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Section 15
123
Section 24
215
Section 25
225
Section 26
237
Section 27
247
Section 28
261
Section 29
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Garrison Keillor is the host and writer of A Prairie Home Companion, now in its thirty-first year on the air. He is the author of seventeen books, including most recently the New York Times bestseller Pontoon.

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