Monday, June 04, 2007

Lake Wobegon Summer 1956 by Garrison Keillor

Lake Wobegon Summer 1956 by Garrison Keillor is a coming-of-age story of a 14-year-old in a small Minnesota town. Much like Keillor's other writings this seems to be somewhat autobiographical in nature. The narrator must deal with his religious relatives as well as his more than passing interest in his cousin. Along the way he manages to discover pornography and the "deep dark secret" of the family.

It is funny in places but not consistently so. Perhaps a little too much grasping at literature here. I've been grumbling about lazy literature writing a lot recently I'll probably put together a longer explanation eventually, this has many of the hallmarks of that.

If you like his other stuff you'll probably like this otherwise probably not. Ambivalently recommended.

Is available through Abebooks.

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