Wobegon Boy by Garrison Keillor

I enjoy listening to Keillor’s radio program, “Prairie Home Companion,” and knew that Keillor writes novels, but untilwobegon recently I had never read any of them.  Nor had I realized that the library has eleven of Keillor’s books in the fiction section.

In Wobegon Boy, narrator John Toffelson leaves his boyhood home at Lake Wobegon and moves to upstate New York.  There he manages the radio station at a college “for academically challenged children of financially gifted parents” and tries to establish a restaurant and to win the heart of a lovely Columbia University professor.  In addition to his adventures in the East, he revisits Lake Wobegon and shares with the reader some tales from the lives of his ancestors, told as only Keillor can tell them.

(Helen Snow, retired from Information Services)

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