A Lake Wobegon NovelBook - 2008
A national holiday in Lake Wobegon is always gaudy and joyful. But what is going on between Clint Bunsen and Miss Liberty? Clint Bunsen is one of the old reliables in Lake Wobegona the treasurer of the Lutheran church and the auto mechanic who starts your car on below-zero mornings. For six years he has run the Fourth of July parade, turning what was once a line of pickup trucks and girls pushing baby carriages that hold their cats into an event of dazzling spectacle. Blazing bands, marching units, cannons, horses, a fireworks show, and the famous Living Flagaone thousand men and women wearing red, white, or blue, standing in formationahave attracted the attention of CNN and prompted the governor to put in an appearance as well. The town is dizzy with anticipation. Until, that is, they hear of Clintas ambition to run for Congress. Theyare embarrassed for him. They know him too wellahis unfortunate episodes involving vodka sours, his rocky marriage. And then there is his friendship, or whatever it is, with the twenty-four-year-old girl who dresses up as the Statue of Liberty for the parade. Itas rumored that underneath those robes she is buck naked, and that her torch contains a quart of booze. Itas Lake Wobegon as itas always beenagood loving people who drive each other crazy.
Publisher: New York : Viking, 2008.
Characteristics: 267 pages ; 23 cm