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The Tall Pine Polka

3.7 of 5 stars 3.70  ·  rating details  ·  2,843 ratings  ·  181 reviews
Life, they say, is a state of mind. In the small town of Tall Pine, Minnesota, that state of mind is found at the Cup O'Delight cafe. The locals gather here for what they call the Tall Pine Polka, an event in which heavenly coffee, good food, and that feeling of being alive among friends inspires both body and soul to dance.

Escaping to Tall Pine from an abusive husband, Le
Published October 2nd 2006 by Bantam (first published October 1st 1998)
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Suanne Laqueur
I was disappointed in this, Landvik's latest. It was about 200 pages too long and corny as all get-out. Interesting characters, but smarmy writing, syrupy, clichéd, contrived. Plot twists you could spot a mile away—quick, everyone pile into the car with the pregnant woman for a high speed chase! Oh what a shock, she goes into labor!

I skimmed through the last part, intent on finishing but not really interested. Not in the same class as Patty Jane's House of Curl or Your Oasis on Flame Lake. Apart
Tiny Tall Pine, MN sets the stage for a tale of friendship, tragedy, and hope. It also sets the stage for a Hollywood film: Ike and Inga.

The focal point of this novel can be found in the gatherings at the Cup O’Delight Café. This is the heart and soul of Tall Pine and the home of the Tall Pine Polka.

By the way, the Tall Pine Polka is not a dance; it is a state of mind. It is the sharing of one’s talents and the celebration of life in the company of good friends. Isn’t that wonderful?

There isn’t
Barbara Cook
Small Minnesota town life..... And I think it had potential to be an ok book but it was not, one villager becomes a Hollywood star, there is a love triangle, a pregnancy, one man howls due to bad dreams, a gay couple, domestic abuse, a crazy ex husband who comes shooting... Totally unbelievable, kind of ridiculous. Too bad
I have seldom been as disappointed in a book as I was in this one. I read Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons several years ago and loved it. I read Patti Jane's House of Curl later and thought it was pretty funny. I was delighted to find this book and looked forward to reading it. I tried to get into it during the first 3 or 4 chapters, skimmed through a few more - up to Chapter 14. It was just plain boring. No plot, no humor, no intriguing characters. I didn't want to waste any more time on it, s ...more
I enjoyed this book and the characters, but.... In my opinion there was too much; too many characters, too much going on. There were so many different outlandish things going on and over the top characters that it was hard to relate to each one. Right when I began to feel sympathy for one character, something else happened to switch my focus to another character, and on and on. When I felt the book should end; something else magnanimous happened until at the end I had trouble even caring about t ...more
Kelly Bleck
Unfortunately, because I have a hard time giving any book a bad review, this was very boring. okay writing paired with too many characters and little character development. seemed to be reaching to keep the story going, or didn't have have a clear story fleshed out at all.
Tara  Rugg
This started out promising...but I lost interest in the characters pretty quickly. I finished just to see how it turned out, but was mainly just annoyed with the behavior of most of the characters.
Nancy Cummings
I generally like this author very much but I quit this book about a 1/4 of the way through, something I very rarely do! It was that boring....
Zainab Aljundi
it had its ups and downs. and at a later point it suddenly had way too much happen at once. But as I just finished it I dont feel like I wasted my time, no "loose ends". It's not life altering or something you'd re-read but its alright. lorna sure knows how to build characters I'll give her that. and in those queit mellow moments of their daily life in such a beautiful peaceful place I actually wished I was part of their group, living that life. and that has never happened to me before with a bo ...more
Jul 06, 2015 Tara rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: No one
Too boring and awful to finish

This may be the worst book that I have ever read. If I could give it less than one star I would, for after having read almost half of it, I have emerged from it's pages irritated and even worse, BORED. If you are reading this, please do not get me wrong. I had no illusions that this would be akin to reading Hemingway or Twain, but had hopes that it would be in the same vein as Fannie Flagg or Julia Glass. That is, not something that will exactly challenge your belie
The Tall Pine Polka is a charming little story. It has endearing aspects to it, the friendships, the sense of community, the forgiveness, and the bravery, and on the other hand it has more life-altering aspects to it; people getting sick, people dying, people cheating, etc. The ending is so beautiful, I felt the author redeemed herself for having wasted our time - now and then - with silly trivia prior to that.
At the same time this is probably Lorna Landvik’s most confusing book. What I mean by
This is a story of the regulars who frequented The Cup O'Delight Cafe in Tall Pine, Minnesota. The Tall Pine Polka is a gathering of those regulars at the cafe after hours to drink the coffee, share food, and to dance. It is a time of good fellowship among frineds.

Some of the characters are Lee O'Leary, who owns the cafe and who escaped (or thought she did) from an abusive husband to land in Tall Pine. Miss Penk and Frau Katt are the town's lesbian couple whose devotion to each other is strong
Every time I go into a bookstore or library I check to see if certain authors have released any new books (fingers crossed, oh please! Oh please!) So I was delighted when The Tall Pine Polka was released. I had gobbled up both Patty Jane's House of Curl and Your Oasis on Flame Lake and was hungrily awaiting another novel from Landvik, who has become one of my all-time favorite authors. As with previous Landvik works, Polka iss et in a small lakeside town in Minnesota. the majority of the charact ...more
Tall Pine, Minnesota has a lot to recommend it: quirky townsfolk who share traits that can be defined as folksy, friendly, nosy, and any number of other adjectives. But what really connects the residents of this town near the Canadian border is their unique gathering place known as the Cup O'Delight Café, made famous for its delicious coffee made with a secret blend known only to its owner, Lee O'Leary.

We meet many of the residents in the opening pages, as they enter the café and order breakfast
Marika Gillis
Lorna Landvik, author of Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons, has written a book about the residents of Tall Pine, Minnesota. Main character, Fenny Ness, is perfectly content in her small town until she gets cast as the leading role in a movie being filmed in Tall Pine. Life for all the characters in the small town is turned upside-down by the film crew.

This book was light and fun. Just the kind of book that a reader should just breeze through but, for some reason, it took a real commitment of time
Lorna Landvik has a special way of making small town characters come alive!!

From back cover:

"In the small town of Tall Pine, Minnesota, at the Cup O'Delight Cafe, the townsfolk gather for what they call the Tall Pine Polka, an event in which heavenly coffee, good food, and that feeling of being alive among friends inspires both body and soul to dance. There's the cafe owner, the robust and beautiful Lee O'Leary, who escaped to the northwoods from an abusive husband; Miss Penk and Frau Katt, the
I liked this book, but not as much as I really wanted to, and nowhere near as much as I enjoyed some of Landvik's other offerings. Though the cast of characters was initially interesting, they all seemed a little too eccentric as the novel progressed. The movie in a small town element was done better in the movie State and Main, and I for one thought there were too many subplots running throughout the novel which overcomplicated it all.

I did think that Fenny, Bill and Lee were well-drawn, devel
While I normally love the often kooky characters Landvik creates, this particular novel felt to me as if it were trying too hard. Unlike the usually effortless creation of odd but fun characters who get themselves into interesting scrapes and make us care about them along the way, this one was much slower going for me.
Comments before reading: I recieved this book as a gift for secret santa exchange. I was not sure if I would ever read it but after reading the book reviews from fellow good readers I'm looking forward to reading it. I hope it won't be too disappointing. This will be the first book I've read from Lorna Landvik so I hope I like the style of writing.

Comments after reading: I did like this book and there were moments where I found myself laughing out loud. I did not like the start of part 2 in the
Princess Artiga
I never thought I would even finish reading this book. The book all in all was good. The only thing for me was just, there were too many characters, I think. Couldn't focus on one but as I said, the book was good, very good! :D
I was at the library picking up Angry Housewives for bookclub and saw another Landvik book on the shelf. I enjoyed Angry Housewives so much the first time I read it, I didn't think it would hurt to read "The Tall Pine Polka" as well.

9/30 update: This book had fabulous characters! Landvik did a great job bringing out all their little eccentricities and idiosyncracies. I felt as if I knew every single one of them! The story however, although entertaining, seemed to loose it's momentum at times. Th
I fell in love with the characters in this book. There's Slim, the Vietnam vet who barks like a dog. Who wouldn't love an interesting guy like that? Then there's Lee, a chubby cafe owner who made a great escape from a mean and perhaps a little crazy ex husband. There's Fenny, whose parents were great explorers but she seems to be afraid. We have Big Bill, whose Aunt Mae Little Feather is upset that he might dilute his native American blood. In this small town there is also a lesbian couple and a ...more
Lorna Landvik is a great story teller and this book is no exception. I really enjoyed the story and hated for it to come to an end.
I am wavering between 3 and 4 stars on this one. I loved the writing style - tongue in cheek, omniscient narrator - but the characters weren't my favorite, or maybe they just didn't seem believable to me. At the risk of giving anything away, I didn't like the love triangle and Big Bill didn't impress me (maybe because he has no life savings?). I liked the idea of a small town- the Hollywood storyline was entertaining as well - and you can tell the author has inside knowledge of how it all works. ...more
I love how Lorna grabs you and pulls you into her books. This is the second book of hers that I've read and I'm ready to read more.
Enjoyed the story, let's of twists and turns, a lot going on through out the book.
I liked this book well enough, although I have to say right up front, if I was a character in that book, I would not have liked the main character, Fanny Ness, whom most everyone seems to adore. She seems to me to be a self-centered, selfish, petulant, uncaring little brat.

That said, the book was entertaining enough but almost formulaic -- small northern Minnesota town, eccentric townsfolk, Hollywood movie invades small town, and, well, I'm sure you can guess the rest.

A light read, generally en
It was very interesting to read one of Lorna Landvig's earlier works. I enjoyed the satire on Northern Minnesota life, and say striking similarities to people and places I know!
This novel is a lovely big friendly book, lots of characters you care about, and feel instantly at home with. The story of the people of Tall Pine,Minnesota and that of the film people who for a short time become a part of Tall Pine is a real rollercoaster, funny, sad and dramatic. The story highlights (if it needed highlighting) just how stupid the whole celebrity thing is - that the whole world is obessed with these days. Those things which are really important are more basic and everyday than ...more
A fun read that I shared with my dear mother-in-law
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Lorna Landvik is a mother of two and wife of one. She is the author of eight novels, including the best-selling ANGRY HOUSEWIVES EATING BON BONS, PATTY JANE'S HOUSE OF CURL and OH MY STARS. Also an
actor and playwright, Lorna has appeared in many stage productions. She is a new and passionate neophyte to the practice of yoga, which is a fine antidote to her long established practice of lounging.
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