BN.com Gift Guide

Star Lake Saloon and Housekeeping Cottages

( 9 )

Overview

    In this first novel from award-winning writer Sara Rath, the forests and lakes of northern Wisconsin pose a daunting threat to outsider Hannah Swann, who is content with her quiet life in Madison, Wisconsin, where she teaches and writes screenplays about obscure nineteenth-century poets. Her relationship with her college-aged daughter is strained yet candid, and a long-standing affair with a married professor has its own peculiar ups and downs.
    When Hannah ...

See more details below
Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (18) from $1.99   
  • New (6) from $6.81   
  • Used (12) from $1.99   
Sending request ...

Overview

    In this first novel from award-winning writer Sara Rath, the forests and lakes of northern Wisconsin pose a daunting threat to outsider Hannah Swann, who is content with her quiet life in Madison, Wisconsin, where she teaches and writes screenplays about obscure nineteenth-century poets. Her relationship with her college-aged daughter is strained yet candid, and a long-standing affair with a married professor has its own peculiar ups and downs.
    When Hannah unexpectedly inherits her uncle's rundown resort, she must head to the northwoods to close up and sell the business. But the only interested buyer is Ingold, an international mining company, and Hannah finds herself reluctantly operating the resort while trapped in the midst of a treacherous dispute between Ingold and Uncle Hal's activist friends.
    From safeguarding the wilderness to pursuing elusive new love interests, Hannah has plenty to engage her imagination at Star Lake. A new aspect of her personality emerges, one that is surprisingly courageous and compassionate. Throughout this humorous, elegantly plotted adventure with its appealing characters and lyrical depictions of nature, Hannah encounters the inevitability of change—in herself and in the nostalgic landscape of the deep North.

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
A Madison, Wis., woman takes a midlife detour to the northern woods of the Badger State after an uncle wills her a crumbling resort on remote Star Lake. Hannah Swann's personal and professional life may be a bit stagnant-she writes about "Bad Women Poets" of the 1800s and pursues a half-hearted affair with a married man-but she's still loathe to spend too long up north. But as she rolls up her sleeves and opens the resort, she begins to shake her self-doubts and her reliance on Valium, bonding with chirpy, folksy barmaid-cum-taxidermist Ginger. Ginger nudges Hannah into friendship with fishing guide Dan Kerry, who in turn enlists Hannah in the fight against a mining company that threatens Star Lake, thereby helping her find common ground with her activist adult daughter. Family secrets and industrial misdemeanors make for lightly troubling threads in Hannah's summer of reinvention, but Rath's excessively oddball cast of characters, from the lascivious smalltown lawyer to the bird-regulating "Loon Ranger," lighten the mood. Hannah's release from paralyzing self-doubt has its predictable setbacks and victories, but her gradual acceptance of Star Lake's eccentricities makes for a diversion as pleasant as a quiet summer day at the lakeshore. (Aug.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780299215248
  • Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press
  • Publication date: 4/28/2006
  • Series: Library of American Fiction Series
  • Pages: 334
  • Sales rank: 966,264
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Sara Rath is the author of four volumes of poetry and five nonfiction books, including The Complete Cow. She has also written for television and film. She lives in Spring Green, Wisconsin.

Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4
( 9 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(4)

4 Star

(3)

3 Star

(1)

2 Star

(1)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously
Sort by: Showing all of 9 Customer Reviews
  • Posted July 21, 2013

    more from this reviewer

    This  book was so great. I live in Minnesota and we have resorts

    This  book was so great. I live in Minnesota and we have resorts like this up here also. The truly sad part is that they are all being closed. We are also going through the same thing with a mine that will destroy the environment and water here in NE Minnesota. We have also been to Little Bohemia. It is such a good book. I love the cover also. Buy it. You won't be disappointed. I can't wait for another book by this author.



    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted October 11, 2009

    Overall the book was fine.

    I thought the book was ok at best. Personally I didn't think there was much of a plot. The stories outcome was somewhat expected...the bad guy loses and the couple ends up together.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted August 22, 2009

    Fun and enjoyable

    This book brought back memories of time spent in the North woods when I was young. Truly enjoyable to read.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted December 20, 2008

    Romance and Mystery in the Northwoods

    Okay I'll admit it, I've got a crush on Dan Kerry. He's the "leading man" in this book and I couldn't stop reading until I found out what happened to him and to Hannah Swan. I'm no prude and I totally disagree that there's way too much sex. My book club loved that Hannah was middle-aged and still appealing to men and she enjoys it, too. This month we discussed Rath's "Night Sisters" which is humorous like this novel but on a different subject. It's also a page-turner. We can't wait to see what she writes next because it will definitely be on our list.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted December 24, 2007

    A reviewer

    I was looking forward to reading this book and passing it to a friend in anticpation of her trip to Northern Wisconsin. However, found some of the language extremely crude, and several situations too promiscuous, so had to abandon that idea. A shame as it's fun for a Wisconsinite to identify with known regionalisms. The story line is interesting and topical, and I did enjoy some of the humor, but the overall effect was ruined for me because of the reasons stated. Others may not find this material offensive, but forewarned is forearmed. I would not have purchased this book if I'd had access to a similar review.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted December 1, 2005

    First Novel a Bullseye

    Sara Rath's writing has always been delightful. Her previous books have shown insight, in-depth research and a flair for making the mundane fascinating. Now comes her first novel with great expectations that she has indeed met. Ms. Rath's writing is like walking into a cocktail party with lights so dim you can't tell who's there, but it looks fascinating. All of a sudden, someone flips on the lights and you can see every bright white tooth, dimple, wrinkle and hair out of place. Her writing is so illuminating, you feel like you're seeing inside and through the characters. You're more than just inside their skin, you're inside their psyche as well. The novel takes you through the nostalgia of a sleepy lake resort with everything from sexual entanglements to large environmental concerns, and family relationships, back stabbing lawyers and corporate villains in between. We expected nothing less than a delightful, insightful and entertaining book. We got all we wanted and more.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted October 25, 2005

    A Sojourn 'Up North'

    Star Lake Saloon and Housekeeping Cottages is a wonderfully compelling read. The characters¿ voices will echo in your mind long after the book is closed. They are robust people, beset by human foibles and frailties, ennobled by perseverance and passion. The setting is nostalgic, with its ¿rustic¿ cabins, replete with wobbly toilets, mismatched dinette sets, omnipresent taxidermy and sublime woods and water. Rath draws the conflict between mining interests that threaten Star Lake and Northwoods preservationists in all of its realistic and painful complexity. The novel is happily devoid of simplistic resolutions, reductive arguments and good guy/bad guy binary oppositions. Sara Rath¿s wit is a delight, prompting explosive guffaws and sly, ironic grins. I highly recommend this novel. By the last page, you will feel as if you¿ve just returned from a blissful sojourn ¿Up North.¿

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2013

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted July 9, 2009

    No text was provided for this review.

Sort by: Showing all of 9 Customer Reviews

If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
Why is this product inappropriate?
Comments (optional)