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The Tall Pine Polka by Lorna Landvik
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Oct 04, 2010

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Read from June 14 to 25, 2010

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 for me. It was an entertaining read, but not superb. In many ways this book reminded me of The Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver (although not as good!). Like Bean Trees, The Tall Pine Polka is filled with quirky and entertaining characters. The surprising plot, with all its twists and turns revolves around these likable people, and the ending wraps the story up in a nice little package. Worth reading.

I read this book three months ago and I think back on it fondly.

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