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Ordinary lives in all their extraordinariness,
This review is from: Pontoon: A Lake Wobegon Novel (Paperback)
Pontoon is a book about stepping outside of what's expected, whether those expectations come from within or from others, and about leaving home, whether to start afresh, or simply to be able to return.
In this the latest episode of the gently comic soap opera that is Lake Wobegone, Keillor presents an enjoyable cast of new characters, with cameo roles for some old friends. Keillor's great gift is as an observer of ordinary lives in all their extraordinariness, detailing small town life, warts and all, and yet with a great affection and compassion. While perhaps lacking the charm and nostalgia of earlier episodes, this is still a fine addition to the Wobegone canon, written with a sure light touch that keeps the pages turning as the stories build to their laugh out loud climax.