Pontoon (Lake Wobegon Novels)

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The fictional Minnesota town of Lake Wobegon is real to millions of "A Prairie Home Companion" fans, who tune in each week for the latest news about its strong women and good-looking men. Like Sinclair Lewis' "Gopher Prairie", it is part of literary legend. Four novels have been set among its quiet streets: "Lake Wobegon Days", "Wobegon Boy", "Lake Wobegon Summer 1956", and now "Pontoon". Garrison Keillor's latest book is about the wedding of a girl named Dede Ingebretson, who comes home from California with a guy named Brent. Dede has made a fortune in veterinary aromatherapy; Brent bears a strong resemblance to a man wanted for extortion who's pictured on a poster in the town's post office. Then there's the memorial service for Dede's aunt Evelyn, who led a footloose and adventurous life after the death of her husband. Add a surprise boyfriend and a band of newly arrived Mormon missionaries, and the gently rendered chaos is complete. Full of richly drawn characters, sly wit, and indelible descriptions of everyday life in the heartland, "Pontoon" is another unforgettable portrait of the little town we love.

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In Lake Wobegon lives a good Lutheran lady who wishes for her ashes placed inside a bowling ball and dropped into the lake, no prayers, no hymns, thank you very much. Meanwhile, a wedding between a veterinary aromatherapist and her boyfriend Brent is set to take place aboard a pontoon boat. Then 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 then there is Raoul of the cigars and tinted shades, come to visit his elderly lover. All is in readiness for the wedding - the French champagne, the flying Elvis, the giant duck decoys - until something quite unexpected happens . . .

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? Keillor has always been a great cataloger, equal parts Homer and Montgomery Ward, and rarely to better effect than in "Pontoon".? ?Thomas Mallon, "The New York Times Book Review" ? Unaffectedly good-natured [and] entirely accessible.? ?"The Washington Post Book World" ?Full of Keillor's hilarious invention.? ?"Los Angeles Times"

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