Search Results: "Lorna Landvik"


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THE VIEW FROM MOUNT JOY by Lorna Landvik
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

"Warmhearted (if a bit uneven) tale of a sensitive man's journey through life."
A pleasing character study following the life of Joe Andreson, from his misadventures in high school to reflective middle age. Read full book review >

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PATTY JANE'S HOUSE OF CURL by Lorna Landvik
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"Though the elaborately crafted wackiness and cloying coziness of the beauty-parlor scene will annoy some, readers hungry for an easy-to-swallow tale of female—not feminist—solidarity may find this a satisfying, sugary treat."
Former standup comic Landvik debuts with a homespun beauty- parlor melodrama, Minneapolis-set. Read full book review >

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WELCOME TO THE GREAT MYSTERIOUS by Lorna Landvik
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 5, 2000

"Despite the brittle dialogue (often very funny), there's a you-betcha optimism at the heart of this winning tale. Landvik (The Tall Pine Polka, 1999, etc.) takes a less self-consciously wacky approach and should reach a wider readership this time around."
A flamboyant Broadway actress helps out her sister by caring for her nephew—a Down syndrome teenager—for a month. Read full book review >

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ANGRY HOUSEWIVES EATING BON BONS by Lorna Landvik
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2003

"Overlong trek over familiar ground."
Five friends and three decades, as Landvik (Welcome to the Great Mysterious, 2000, etc.) returns to small-town Minnesota. Read full book review >

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BEST TO LAUGH by Lorna Landvik
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 15, 2014

"Landvik's novel is happily filled with a double dose of nostalgia—the protagonist's for the golden age of Hollywood and the author's for a lovably gritty 1970s Los Angeles."
Landvik—playwright, actor and author of comic novels—delivers a semiautobiographical tale about a young woman who follows her showbiz dreams in 1970s Hollywood. Read full book review >

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YOUR OASIS ON FLAME LAKE by Lorna Landvik
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 1997

"Still, in all, the perfect light and entertaining summer novel. (Author tour)"
Quirky characters are a dime a dozen, but truly believable, lovable ones are not—a fact that makes Landvik's (Patty Jane's House of Curl, 1995) latest slice of American life a genuine pleasure. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE VIEW FROM MOUNT JOY by Lorna Landvik
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

"Warmhearted (if a bit uneven) tale of a sensitive man's journey through life."
A pleasing character study following the life of Joe Andreson, from his misadventures in high school to reflective middle age. Read full book review >

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ONCE IN A BLUE MOON LODGE by Lorna Landvik
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 11, 2017

"A people lover's book. Characters grow and change; family and friends support each other. Predictable, but comfortably so, this refreshingly simple family tale provides a comfy diversion from the everyday world."
This sequel to Landvik's debut novel (Patty-Jane's House of Curl, 1996) reads easily as a stand-alone. A light read—not deep, but definitely wide—the story follows Ione Rolvaag's family (and friends) for two decades. Read full book review >

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THE TALL PINE POLKA by Lorna Landvik
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1999

"But with its soap-opera dialogue and just-add-water characters, it will chafe with wanting more. (Author tour)"
Landvik's third effort (Your Oasis on Flame Lake, 1997, etc.) has an appealingly wacky frolic to it but induces groans when it strives for serious insight. Read full book review >

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’TIS THE SEASON! by Lorna Landvik
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 28, 2008

"A rare stumble from an entertaining author who usually has a strong, sure hand with character."
Form trumps content in this slight holiday package from Landvik (The View from Mount Joy, 2007, etc.). Read full book review >

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MAYOR OF THE UNIVERSE by Lorna Landvik
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 15, 2014

"Beautiful writing and a keen eye for detail bolster a moving story that manages to be powerful and thought-provoking while remaining quirky, silly and fun."
A bland actuary whose life is passing him by is nominated for an intergalactic contest, forcing him to revisit the childhood imagination that helped him survive loneliness and neglect. Read full book review >

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THE MARROWBONE MARBLE COMPANY by M. Glenn Taylor
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 11, 2010

"A huge ensemble cast and a complex social narrative may put casual readers off, but the rewards for those who see this one through are satisfying indeed."
A giant of a man seeks his fortune in the hills of West Virginia. Read full book review >