Staggerford: A Novel

Staggerford: A Novel

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by Jon Hassler
     
 

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"A writer good enough to restore your faith in fiction."
THE NEW YORK TIMES
It is only a week in the life of a 35-year old bachelor school teacher in a small Minnesota town. But it is an extraodinary week, filled with the poetry of living, the sweetness of expectation, and the glory of surprise that can change a life forever....
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"A writer good enough to restore your faith in fiction."
THE NEW YORK TIMES
It is only a week in the life of a 35-year old bachelor school teacher in a small Minnesota town. But it is an extraodinary week, filled with the poetry of living, the sweetness of expectation, and the glory of surprise that can change a life forever....
"Absolutely smashing....An altogether successful work, witty, intelligent, compassionate."
THE CLEVELAND PLAIN DEALER

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780345333759
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
07/28/1986
Edition description:
Reissue
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
214,208
Product dimensions:
6.97(w) x 7.65(h) x 0.85(d)

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Staggerford 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
KiwiB More than 1 year ago
Staggerford... a charming collection of quirky characters. Jon Hassler was one of the best...I will always count him among my favorite authors.His "slice of life" stories are consistently wonderful and delightfully offbeat.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I chose to read this book for an English group discussion. I was skeptical at the beginning because it started off so slowly, but as the characters grew and were shown further in depth it grew into an amazing story! I thought it was going to have some cheesy ending where this teacher has an inappropriate relationship with one of his students or somehow finds the woman of his dreams. But I cried for about an hour at the surprise ending given in this story! I loved it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am a 86 year old lady that lives in the heart of Duluth, a wonderful, beautiful city in northern Minnesota. I can tell you one thing and that is that this story made me crawl in a closet and sob for 3 nights staight. Wonderful, heart warming story of a teacher.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i had to read staggerford for my ninth grade english class and i thought that it was quite boring. i would only recommend it if you like boring novels and if you want a misconception of life in small town minnesota. there was only a couple of good parts and it has a sudden but not so suprising ending. thanks to sagmoen we had to find symbolism in the smallest and stupidest things. it is quite hard to find symbolism in the most unsymbolic things. but whatever.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am only 13 years old, yet I know a good book when I see one, and this one is great! The story of a small Minnesota town teacher. It seems like it would be really boring, but yet it makes you keep reading. Every moment seems to be a cliff-hanger.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read Staggerford two years ago, but it is still foremost in my thoughts as far as all time best/favorite books go. Reading Staggerford was fun! It not only contained stunning and heart melting content, but also an exceptional subtle humor that made me laugh every few pages. The things he wrote about were wonderful. Very ordinary, but very extraordinary in their content. What really got me was the way he wrote it. It just made me feel good to read it. I didn't want to sop, but I enjoyed taking my time so I could prolong the goodness. I can't wait to read more of his books. I am an avid fan. Way to go Mr. Hassler!
nbaker1234 More than 1 year ago
Slaggerford, written by Jon Hassler, was a bit of fresh air for me. A relatively inexpensive book I purchased on my Nook turned out to be worth its weight in gold. I can’t really say it was one of those books that you can’t put down and yet there was something about it that kept me coming back at every spare moment for yet another glimpse into small town life in Staggerford. Part drama, part mystery and (for me), part comedy, I somehow felt connected to each character. Miles Pruitt is a high school English teacher in a small town. Unmarried, no relationships on the horizon and living in a rented room in a little old spinster’s house (also a teacher), his life seems far from perfect but yet it is far from uncomplicated. The variety of characters living in this town was as broad as the selection of fresh vegetables at a Farmer’s market in early summer. There is a non-active school superintendent, a “bone-woman” who corrals the streets at night collecting leftover dinner bones from residents, faculty parties that go awry, students jumping out of windows and pulling knives on one another, Indian uprisings, school girl crushes on teachers and a giant. Sounds peculiar, doesn’t it? But as I read it, I kept hearing myself say that it would make a fantastic sit-com – well until the end. It felt a bit like reading a script for a Jerry Seinfeld episode. It wasn't really story about anything – and yet you find yourself enthralled in the lives of each character. So went my enthusiasm with Slaggerford. In retrospect, it tells the beautiful story of cause and effect. It translates how we have the ability to impact the lives of others through words and deeds. But for once – I’d like NOT to place emphasis on my take-aways from the story but just remember the smiles and smirks evoked from meeting the inhabitants of Staggerford. Move over Peyton Place – you may have met your match.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Builds up ro fast paced end
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This was a good novel and a very enjoyable read. One of the main themes that runs through the novel is the generation gap between young and old and how to overcome it.