Lake Wobegon Summer 1956

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Penguin, Aug 27, 2002 - Fiction - 304 pages
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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.


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User Review  - Caroline_mlis - LibraryThing

Garrison Keillor has always been one of my favorite authors and is probably my favorite book of his. This is a classic coming of age story. The writing is quite hilarious! I really recommend it. Read full review


User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

You really can hear the hushed resonant voice of the genial host of NPR's Prairie Home Companion reciting this latest episodic chronicle of growing up in rural Minnesota.Keillor's first novel in four ... Read full review


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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.

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