A fresh and funny Lake Wobegon novel about a woman with a secret life
Evelyn was a Sanctified Brethren woman of good standing, a devoted mother, a serious quilter. Only after she dies in her sleep, as she always wished she would, do we find out that she has been living a secret life. For years she has been in love with Raoul, a Las Vegas man who took her dancing and showed her the joys of life outside Lake Wobegon. Evelyn's stunned daughter Barbara finds she's inspired by her mother's secret commitment to pleasure. She decides to finally stop drinking and thumb her nose at the Wobegon establishment by carrying out Evelyn's final wish--to be cremated and have her ashes scattered over Lake Wobegon from a pontoon boat. It is also a time of homecoming for Debbie Detmer, a veterinary aromatherapy millionaire who has returned to Wobegon from California with her uncommitted fiance in the hope that a lavish wedding with Moet and shrimp shish kabob will save them. But Debbie's plans for a pontoon boat wedding go terribly wrong.
A novel about courage and transformation in a town stuck in its ways, Eve in Wobegon is a heartfelt and comic novel by one of our greatest storytellers.
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.
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.)
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September 11, 2007
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