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Lake Wobegon Boy (1997) [Novel]
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Set in upstate New York, New York City, and the fictional Lake Wobegon, this passionate '90s romance features the esteemed John Tollefson, who last appeared at the end of Lake Wobegon Days as he was ushered off to college with his elderly relatives. Wobegon Boy opens with John, now a 40-something bachelor, working as a public-radio-station manager at a small college in upstate New York.

In his quest for grandeur at midlife, John embarks on a love affair with Alida Freeman, an up-and-coming young historian. He plunges into this romance while attempting to deal with his gloomy and neurotic staff, his controlling boss, a disastrous speech at a public-radio award ceremony, the bankruptcy of a farm restaurant venture, and his bumpy relationship with his querulous father and his four siblings -- all while his romantic interest, the elusive Alida, is busy writing a book about a Norwegian naturopath who treated Lincoln, Thoreau, and Whitman back in the 1800s. As the romance blossoms, John looks back to his hometown, which he ends up visiting twice -- once when tempted to be unfaithful to his lover, and once for his father's funeral. It is during these visits home that John looks at himself and at the difference between the "Happy Lutherans" and the "Dark Lutherans."

Original title: Lake Wobegon Boy
Alternative titles: Wobegon Boy
Original languages: English


Genre: FictionGeneral FictionHumor

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