Laurentian Divide

Laurentian Divide

A Novel

Book - 2018
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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 can't thaw the community's collective grief, lingering since a senseless tragedy the previous fall. What is different this year is what's 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 town's 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 appear--or imagine what happened to him during the long and brutal winter. Retired union minor and widower Alpo Lahti is about to wed the diner's charming and lively waitress, Sissy Pavlova, but, with Rauri still unaccounted for, celebration seems premature. Alpo's 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 other's 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"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press, [2018]
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9781517905620
Characteristics: viii, 257 pages ; 22 cm


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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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