The Lost Queen of Crocker County: A Novel

The Lost Queen of Crocker County: A Novel

by Elizabeth Leiknes


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For fans of books like THE READERS OF BROKEN WHEEL RECOMMEND, a feel-good story of going home again to get things right.

Crocker County crowns a new Corn Queen every year, but Jane Willow's the one you would remember. She can't forget Iowa, either. Even though she fled to LA to become a film critic years ago, home was always there behind her.

But when a family tragedy happens, she's forced to drive back to Crocker County. The rolling farmlands can't much hide the things she left behind: the best friend she abandoned who now runs a meatloaf hotline, the childhood front porch that sits hauntingly empty, and that fiasco of a Corn Fest that spun her life in a different direction.

Before Jane can escape her past a second time, disaster strikes, and she will have to find a way to right her mistakes and save herself from her regrets. An unflinchingly love letter to the Midwest that unfolds through a celebration of movies, this ferociously endearing novel brings home the saving grace of second chances.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781492663799
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Publication date: 07/10/2018
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 577,969
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Elizabeth Leiknes grew up in rural Iowa and can make thirty-seven dishes featuring corn. She graduated from the University of Iowa before receiving her master's in writing from the University of Nevada, Reno. Her previous two novels received starred reviews from Kirkus and Booklist. She lives with her husband and two children near Lake Tahoe, Nevada.

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The Lost Queen of Crocker County: A Novel 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
LlamaJen More than 1 year ago
Jane Willow loves movies and is a famous film critic in Los Angeles. She isn't afraid to call the most anticipated film of the year a piece of crap. Jane hasn't been back to her hometown in Iowa in eighteen years and is even in the process of buying her parents a townhouse in California so they will be near her. Then it all changes when she gets a tragic phone call and finally heads home. During Jane's trip home, she comes to terms with the secrets that kept her away for so long and makes up with the best friend she ignored for all those years. This was an amazing book. I may have shed a few tears while reading but there was also laughter. The book constantly had me smiling and I loved Jane (Janie once she arrives home), she was a great character. Some of the parts that put a smile on my face: * Happy Days Funeral Home. Yes, the funeral home was named Happy Days and Janie was quickly points out that the director doesn't look like the Fonz or one of the seven dwarfs. * Janie's friend Charlotte answers phone calls for a Meatloaf Hotline and asks the callers what their meatloaf emergency is. By the way, it's for the food not the singer. Weirdly enough, she gets a lot of calls from people who can't properly make it. * Silence of the Lambs. Neighbors happen to stop over at the house on the day of the funeral to drop off some casseroles right as Buffalo Bill is doing his naked dance. They pretty much though Janie was crazy!! The whole book just made me smile. I can;t wait to read more books by the author. I loved the characters, story line and writing style. I definitely recommend the book. Thanks to NetGalley, SOURCEBOOKS Landmark and the author, Elizabeth Leiknes, for a free electronic ARC of this novel.
arlenadean More than 1 year ago
Title: The Lost Queen of Crocker Author: Elizabeth Leiknes Publisher: SOURCEBOOKS Landmark Reviewed By: Arlena Dean Rating: Four Review: "The Lost Queen of Crocker" by Elizabeth Leikne My Thoughts.... This is definitely one of those reads where you will get a little bit of it all...from 'laughter, tears, annoyance, indignation, disbelief, second chances, mistakes made, secrets and in the end happiness.' The story is what will happen when Jane Willow who was a film critic[Cinegirl] living her life to its fullest in Los Angeles come back home to Iowa due to her parents tragic death? Upon coming home after eighteen years the reader gets to see how Jane will confront issues of just why she left in the first place [personal secrets]. Will Jane be able to make that incident that had happened right? I liked how this author was able to convey to the readers a story that 'alternated between time periods and how she wive movie references so well throughout the read.' I liked how this author was able to bring out this story of just how and what Jane had to contend with and come to terms with after coming home. Be ready for some funny scene and some fun characters that will have you laughing out loud! This was definitely a good story as Jane is faced with her past as well as her future as secrets that had been kept for so long are revealed and also to finally make up with her best friend [Charlotte] who had been ignored for so long. In the end the reader will get a powerful fun read shows a 'self forgiveness and the power of a wonderful community' that will keep one turning the pages to the end.