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Pontoon by Garrison Keillor

In this novel, Keillor's first Wobegon fiction since Lake Wobegon Summer 1956 was published in 2001, we meet Evelyn, a good church-going Lutheran, a devoted mother, a serious quilter. Only after she dies in her sleep as she always wished she would, do we find out that she has been living a secret life. She's been in love with Raoul, a Las Vegas man who took her dancing and showed her the joys of life outside Lake Wobegon. Then, there's her daughter, Barbara, who struggles with her drinking and, inspired by her mother's unconventional life, decides to dry out and thumb her nose at the Wobegon establishment by carrying out Evelyn's final wish: to be cremated and have her ashes scattered over Lake Wobegon from a pontoon boat. Also we meet Debbie Detmer, a veterinary aromatherapy millionaire, who has returned home to Wobegon from California with her troubled, uncommitted fiancé in the hope that a lavish wedding with Moet and shrimp shishkebab will save them. But the plans for a Pontoon boat wedding, with the hot air balloon hauling a singing Elvis in for the finale, go terribly wrong.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781594132780
Publisher: Gale Cengage Learning
Publication date: 08/26/2008
Series: Lake Wobegon Series
Edition description: Large Print Edition
Pages: 347
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Garrison Keillor is America’s favorite storyteller. For more than 35 years, as the host of A Prairie Home Companion, he has captivated millions of listeners with his weekly News from Lake Wobegon monologues. A Prairie Home Companion is heard on hundreds of public radio stations, as well as America One, the Armed Forces Networks, Sirius Satellite Radio, and via a live audio webcast. 
Keillor is also the author of several books and a frequent contributor to national publications including Time, The New Yorker, and National Geographic, in addition to writing his own syndicated column. He has been awarded a National Humanities Medal from the National Endowment of the Humanities. When not touring, he resides in St. Paul, Minnesota.


St. Paul, Minnesota

Date of Birth:

August 7, 1942

Place of Birth:

Anoka, Minnesota


B.A., University of Minnesota, 1966

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Pontoon 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Steve64SL More than 1 year ago
My first of his books to read, but will read more. He has an amazing sense of humor! An easy read.
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The_Happy_Reader More than 1 year ago
I leave this book on my bedside table even though I've already read the entire thing. It's still nice to have it there to pick in the twenty minutes or so before drifting off to sleep. It's classic small town writing. Nothing too suspenseful or high brow, just the story of normal people leading normal lives that leave me slipping away into a more comfortable place. None of the characters have alterior motives with deadly consequences or double lives in secret agencies. I feel like I could actually meet these people when I walk out of my house, even though I live nowhere near Minnesota. If you like listening to the Prairie Home Companion, you'll probably enjoy this too.
gretasgram More than 1 year ago
Som of Keillor's writing is better than others. This has some of the usual Wobegone types of people. Leading up to the wedding and the wedding was great. As usual, he does get a bit preachy. But it was fun reading
Biplane More than 1 year ago
Interesting story about some offbeat characters in an offbeat Minnesota town. Most characters are quite vivid, and the climax at the lake is one of the funniest book passages I've read recently. I'd love to see a movie's rendering of this scene, although the book in its whole is not particularly movie material.
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lconway More than 1 year ago
This will have you holding your side and laughing so hard you'll be running to the bathroom. About the only thing better is seeing him do this live. He has got to be one of the best story tellers of all time.