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Friday, August 26, 2016

Pontoon by Garrison Keillor

You may remember Garrison Keillor of Prairie Home Companion fame and as in the radio series, he conjures up some unforgettable characters in Pontoon, a Novel of Lake Wobegon.

The first paragraph sets the tone:
Evelyn was an insomniac so when they say she died in her sleep, you have to question that.

From the cover:
In Lake Wobegon lives a good Lutheran lady who is quite prepared to die and wishes to be cremated and her ashes placed inside a bowling ball and dropped into the lake. . . Meanwhile the Detmer girl returns from California to marry her boyfriend aboard Wally's pontoon boat . . . On Saturday, a delegation of renegade Lutheran pastors from Denmark come to town on their tour of America . .  and then there is Raoul with tinted shades and a rainbow sportcoat.

All these events come together on Lake Wobegon with a flying Elvis, a pontoon boat hired in readiness for the wedding, French champagne, a hot air balloon, giant duck decoys, and a bowling ball!

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