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Best friends fast approaching forty in the small Minnesota town of Flame Lake, Devera and BiDi, were recently voted 'Least Changed' at their twentieth high school reunion - a label neither one finds very appealing. For each craves a change in her life: Devera wants a break from her humdrum marital routine; BiDi longs to reconnect with her distant fourteen-year-old daughter ...more
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Published March 1st 2007 by Bantam (first published June 17th 1997)
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Simone
I love Lorna Landvik, but this just didn't pull me in like Angry Housewives and House of Curl did. But she never fails to disappoint her MN fans by weaving in an authentic relationship to the state--my favorite part here is when she acknowledges her "fellow ECFE mothers for all the fun we had at the big round tables," a sentiment I share in my own ECFE experiences. Landvik makes all her characters believable, right down to the voices (including Sergio's broken English). Little nuances like BiDi' ...more
Max
Devera and BiDi are the central characters in this novel. Small-town Minnesota doesn't give you a chance to hide much; so when Devera's husband decides to open a nightclub in their basement, Your Oasis On Flame Lake, it seems that their home will be the gathering place for folks to drink (it's a BYOB) and sing, dance and be yourself. But sometimes being yourself is exactly what you DO NOT want to be, as Devera is painfully finding out. BiDi's daughter is the only girl on the high-school hockey t ...more
Jennifer
This was a great little read. I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know each of the characters. Landvik somehow makes you love each of them despite their quirky and seriously flawed way of dealing with traumatic events that occur throughout the story. It was interesting to read the story through each of their different perspectives. I never felt like I wanted to hear the story more or less from one character or the other. I felt the characters pulling on my dark side relating to them as they said and ...more
Dawn
I didn't like this as much as The View from Mt. Joy, but I still liked it. Sometimes it's nice to take a break from the heavy scary murder books I usually read. Although there was some unexpected violence in this one. I liked the shifting perspectives. The author managed to give each character his or her own distinctive voice, and that's not easy. The copy editing in this book is not great, and there was one especially egregious error that was repeated. I don't understand how an author from Minn ...more
Marleen
The reason why I liked this book so much was the way we get to know this close-knit group of friends living ordinary lives in a small town in Minnesota. The alternating narration works fantastically here. The 5 voices we hear are BiDi and Devera (friends from childhood), their husbands, Sergio and Dick, and one of Devera and Dick’s daughters, twelve-year old Darcy. They absolutely brought a freshness and authenticity to this simple story that appealed to me. The content of the book would not hav ...more
Book Concierge
3.5***

A quote from Landvik’s debut novel - Patty Jane’s House of Curl - stays with me: What a big chunk of God is to be found by looking into the face of someone you love. In her second novel (published in 1997), Landvik continues to explore this idea. I’ve been a fan of hers for a while – I loved her debut work and have read several of her books, but somehow I missed this one until now.

The novel follows two families - BiDi (pronounced B-D) and Devera have been friends since childhood; their h
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Louise
Another wonderful Landvik novel!!

From back cover:

"Best friends fast approaching forty in the small Minnesota town of Flame Lake, Devera and BiDi were recently voted 'Least Changed' at their twentieth high school reunion-a label neither one finds very appealing. For each craves a change in her life: Devera desires a break from her humdrum marital routine; BiDi longs to reconnect with her distant fourteen-year-old daughter (the only girl on the high school hockey team), not to mention jump-start a
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Rebecca Lopez
I truly enjoyed this book, it took me awhile to really get to the heart of it, but once I did I really enjoyed the quirky characters. The change in perspective from one chapter to the next was interesting and just right, it never left me feeling like I'd rather hear from someone else. Toward the end I wondered how the story would've been told from Linn or Franny's perspective, but overall it was satisfying. I love it when I think about the characters and look forward to getting back to 'my' book ...more
Cathy
If Goodreads did 1/2 stars, this would be a 3 1/2, which is solid. Lorna Landvik has an amazing talent for making you think these are events and people as they actually happen somewhere in the world. Perhaps this lake country is enough removed that it seems that way for me, but the community of Flame Lake is very vivid. The biggest problem is that some of the characters are more caricatures than multi-faceted personalities. BiDi is rarely empathetic, as the shallow, image-obsessed housewife. Dar ...more
Suanne Laqueur
I wasn't as completely charmed by this as I was Patty Jane's House of Curl, but still a good story, well-written with diverse characters. Entertaining. A good travel read.
Jane
Read this book for one of my book clubs. Enjoyed the character development but didn't hold my interest as much as her "Housewives Eating Bon Bons" did. I do enjoy her ability to capture life in small town Minnesota. The theme of friendship with all of its ups and downs was well developed
Cindy
After reading some pretty dark and serious books lately, I needed a quick, light read and Lorna Landvik is perfect for that. Enjoyed her "Patty Jane's House of Curl" a few years ago and this book is similar. Told from the viewpoints of five people...two married couples and the daughter of one of the couples...the title refers to a little club Dick built in his basement for the enjoyment of his friends. Some teen angst, a couple of affairs, a beating, a serious accident, doesn't make it sound lik ...more
Melissa
I picked this book up at the library because it is written by Lorna Landvik, author of Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons. Since I liked that book so much, I was excited to read something else by her. The book is told from the perspectives of five different people: Devra, Devra's husband, Dick, their daughter Darcy, Devra's best friend BiDi and BiDi's husband, Sergio.

I liked that this story was realistic in that sometimes people have affairs even though they still love their spouses, and sometime
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Jeanne
This novel is a bigger downer than Landvik’s first novel, Patty Jane’s House of Curl.

That being said, Your Oasis on Flame Lake focuses on two friends, BiDi and Devera, and their families. The women have been friends since childhood, and their closeness has spread to their respective families: their husbands are confidantes, and their daughters are pals.

But all is not well on Flame Lake: both marriages are strained. A series of events test the women and their families. Luckily, there is a happy
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Alyciabengtson
Good book but got a little board.
Loved landviks other books more.
Angry housewives & patty janes house of curl.
Angie
I've really quite loved all the other Landvik books I've read, but this one was just kind of okay for me. I teetered between 2 and 3 stars, but ultimately tipped toward "just ok". It's very much just a slice-of-life kind of story focused on two families that are friends but with a bit more drama than two families would typically face in the time frame covered in the book. I think the telling from multiple perspectives made it feel a little chaotic (although this is typically a writing style I en ...more
Julie
Definitely a feel-good book. I enjoyed reading this one as much as Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons.
Sandy
The first Lorna Landvik book I read was Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons. I loved that and have been a fan ever since. This was just as good.
Kimberly
More like 2.5 stars. Normally I love her books. This one didn't do much for me.
Dale Safford
Narrated by each of the main characters, this is the story of 2 high school best friends 20 years later. Devera is married with 2 girls, and BiDi is a single mom. Dev's husband establishes a karaoke/restaurant place. When BiDi's teen daughter is beaten up by two young men after scoring a winning hockey goal and is teased as a "dyke", BiDi's new husband Sergio and all the others notice how traumatized she is. Will there be a way to solve her problem?

The book was humorous, and I loved the northern
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Laura K
I enjoy books that are written from the perspective of different characters. The best summary of this book come from the author's words (in the Reader's Guide).. "It's a... thoughtful story... I do want to write stories in which the characters seem real, characters in whose lives the reader can become engaged. I want my stories to have a good touch of humor, and if readers reach for a Kleenex every once in a while to wipe away tears, then I think I've done my job."
Sherri
loved this.....my favorite Lorna. Especially the hockey player Franny.
Emma
Okay so this is not even close to the best writing I've ever come across, but somehow I really really enjoyed this book. Maybe it's my current homesickness talking, but this is one of the better books I have read about life in Minnesota. Sure, a lot of the stereotypes are in there, but I greedily and hungrily got into the characters and the plot anyway. Definitely a good cabin book (for all you Minnesotans!).
Susan Fetterer
Lorna Landvik writes about places and people she's familiar with and creates stories that are believable and unique. Readers assuming light and frothy content based on her titles (as in Patty Jane's House of Curl)will readjust their thinking once they dive in. Her characters are complex, their lives and relationships are somewhat universal and interesting. Enjoy!
Melissa
Well, this one wasn't quite as good as her others, but I still enjoyed it. It took me a good quarter of the way through the book before I could keep track of the characters and what timeframe they were in, which I hate. I must have linear stories, I just don't have the brainpower to keep up otherwise (hence my hatred of The Time Traveller's Wife).
Angie
This is the third book I have read by this author and it was my favorite. I like her writing style very much. This book deals with two families, the wives/mothers have been best friends since childhood. Dynamics are changing in their lives and they have trouble coping with the changes appropriatley. I was captured from the first page.
Brenda
I read this book because I was in the mood for this author's writing style. I enjoyed having the story told from many points of view. The underlining storyline was serious and dark, but there were enough bright spots in the story to keep me interested and wanting to read more. I will seek out other books written by this author.
Karen
Loved the alternating viewpoints in this book, including the perspective of the two husbands. The Italian husband's "voice" really came through in the writing, which I thought was impressive. Funny, mildly thought-provoking, and enjoyable characters. Didn't really buy the friendship between the two mothers, but still liked it.
Mal
Loved it - one of those books you hope would never end. Great characters - makes you want to be a participant at "Your Oasis on Flame Lake"!
Esteli
another book from a young age that i read a million times. has everything a good family drama needs- cold northern winters, cheating wife, speed addict neighbors and teenagers being left to die in a ditch. All in a cute little town where everyone's of scandinavian descent. kind of along the lines of a barbara kingsolver novel.
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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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