by Garrison Keillor
The narrator, a man from Lake Wobegon, moves to New York to work at a public radio station, and meets the love of his life. And meanwhile, life happens: his father dies, he is fired, his restaurant idea fails as the developer appropriates the land, etc. In other words, there’s not much of a plot per se, but slice after slice of life. I must say, I’m surprised at how much I like this book. Sure, I rebel against what I perceive as Keillor’s good ol’ Middle America anti-periphery values, but I must say that this book is laugh-out-loud funny. Keillor truly excels at telling the weird, fantastic life stories of everyday, normal characters. Everyone has at least one story to tell in this book – and the best part is, they’re all funny.