A Wobegon Romance

Book - 2009
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Lake Wobegon goes to Italy in Garrison Keillor's latest

Twelve Wobegonians fly to Rome to decorate a war hero's grave, led by Marjorie Krebsbach, with radio host Gary Keillor along for the ride. The pilgrimage is inspired by a phone call from an Italian woman seeking her Lake Wobegon roots and by a memoir O Paradiso by a farm wife who found the secret of life and love in Italy. And by marjorie's longing to win back the love of her husband Carl. Far from home, sitting in the rain in the Piazza Navona, the pilgrims talks about themselves, as they never could do in the Chatterbox Café.

"You're not going to write about this, I hope," says Irene Bunsen. "Of course I am. I invented this town," says Mr. Keillor. "Oh my, aren't you something," she replies.
Publisher: New York : Viking, 2009
ISBN: 9780670021093
Branch Call Number: KEIL
Characteristics: 295 p


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Mar 30, 2017

I love Garrison Keillor’s storytelling voice on the CDs from his radio program (a great companion on road trips) and I could hear his voice in my head throughout this book. The story itself is lightweight and entertaining, including a nod to metafiction by inserting himself as a character, and I was charmed throughout. I particularly admire how Keillor, in the middle of a humorous situation, deftly switches to a profound observation of human idiosyncrasies. A pleasure to read.

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