Laurentian Divide

Laurentian Divide

A Novel

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"Bitter winters are nothing new in Hatchet Inlet, hard up against the ridge of the Laurentian Divide, but the advent of spring cant thaw the communitys collective grief, lingering since a senseless tragedy the previous fall. What is different this year is whats missing: Rauri Paar, the last private landowner in the Reserve, whose annual emergence from his remote iced-in islands marks the beginning of spring and the promise of a kinder season. The towns residents gather at the local diner and, amid talk of spring weather, the latest gossip, roadkill, and the daily special, take bets on when Rauri will appearor imagine what happened to him during the long and brutal winter. Retired union miner and widower Alpo Lahti is about to wed the diners charming and lively waitress, Sissy Pavola, but, with Rauri still unaccounted for, celebration seems premature. Alpos son Pete struggles to find his straight and narrow, then struggles to stay on it, and even Sissy might be having second thoughts. Weaving in and out of each others reach, trying hard to do their best (all the while wondering what that might be), the residents of this remote town in all their sweetness and sorrow remind us once more of the inescapable lurches of the heart and unexpected turns of our human comedy." --Amazon.
Publisher: Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press, [2018]
ISBN: 9781517905620
1517905621
9781517902490
1517902495
Branch Call Number: FICTION Stonich, Sarah
Characteristics: viii, 257 pages ; 22 cm

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PumkinJam
Apr 29, 2019

For those that loved/really liked Vacationland, I would say savor that and skip this sequel. I got to the beginning of chapter 6 and finally realized I didn't care what happened to any of these characters and closed the book. The characters weren't that interesting. I felt the author was finding ways to write in her political opinions rather than developing the characters and telling a good story. It was a letdown for me. Vacationland was written in vignettes and to write the sequel linear just didn't measure up. I felt the plot was forced and there really wasn't that much to add to these characters' stories.

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