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Sam was an indifferent Chicago lawyer content to drift though life on his good looks and his wife's money, until a violent incident shatters his world. Newly addicted to watching Sister North, a nun with a popular TV show, Sam embarks on a trip to Lake Eagleton, Wisconsin to see the wise nun personally, seeking forgiveness and spiritual guidance.

When he arrives, he discove
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ebook, 256 pages
Published April 1st 2010 by St. Martin's Press (first published October 1st 2003)
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Miriam Michalak
Jun 01, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf
DNF - 50% through, hate spending time with the protagonist and getting bored with the story.
Bobbie N
Feb 22, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
SUMMARY: Sam was content to drift aimlessly through life on his good looks and his wife’s money, until one day when tragedy strikes and shatters his world. When drinking fails to ease his pain – indeed, makes it worse – Sam sets out to find Sister North, a popular television personality, seeking meaning,forgiveness,and hope. COMMENTS: The characters in this book are real characters, funny and sad at the same time. Getting to know Sam in many ways is getting to know oneself.
Rieta
Mar 17, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think I love Jim Kokoris. What a fun book. Weird, complicated characters with unique settings and situations. I told my husband this morning if Mr. K wrote my oatmeal directions I think I would love to read it. Wonderfully fractured people. Good story.
John Luiz
Apr 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I first became a fan of Jim Korkoris after reading his terrific novel, The Pursuit of Other Interests. This book showcases all the same talents -- a highly readable writing style, well-developed characters, an engaging plot with enough dramatic twists to make you want to keep reading, and a light comic touch mixed with enough drama to make the goings-on in his books seem like slices of real life.

While "Pursuit ... " offered a great snapshot of all the challenges faced by someone who's lost thei
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Sandakat
Nov 27, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This is the story of a man who has lost his way in his life after his wife divorces him and he witnesses the shooting death of his secretary. He decides to drive out to see and talk to Sister North, a talk show host/nun who he feels can give him the answers to his life's questions. Unfortunately, the nun has left town and no one is quite sure when she'll return. Most of the book is spent after he gets to town, following him as he fills his time waiting for her to return.

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Pamela Pickering
Jun 30, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.75 stars. I just love Kokoris's writing style. It's frank, not overdone or flowery, and it projects a dry sense of humor. This is the second Kokoris book I've read and so far both have been packed with quirky and unique characters. Although, I didn't find this one quite as good as The Rich Part of Life I still enjoyed the story of Sam--a self absorbed underachiever who is inwardly conflicted and looking for a second chance in life.
Wileyacez
Jul 02, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a pretty darn good book. Bad things happen to a Chicago lawyer which plunge him into depression. He decides to take an unexpected road trip to Wisconsin to see a television nun. What happens on the road trip ends up helping him heal and find a new life. Sounds trite, but in this case, finding redemption comes with a healthy dose of humor and enough reality checks to make it palatable.
Becky
Aug 14, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
For those in a life crisis, you will find much in common. The story of an almost smarmy lawyer (I think) who, after tragedy occurs in his life, turns to the TV to find Sister North, a nun with her own TV show. He makes a pilgrimage to the place where she lives, in order she may help him with his problems. Delightful and entertaining. Set in Chicago.
Kyrie
Apr 14, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really should be 3 1/2 stars. It was oddly good - I felt I knew where it was going, long before it got there, but it was still interesting reading.

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Maurya
Oct 19, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book. Easy read, but it didn't suck me in. I think this one can impact you more depending on where you are in life when you read it. (I did like the Wisconsin part, and I also liked the early humour. Would have liked to see more of his humour, cause it is catch you off guard humour that makes you chuckle.)

I might want to read his first book, as I hear it is better.
Cindy
May 24, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
I really like the author's writing style. He makes you feel that you are right there with the characters and sharing their experiences. This is a warm and funny book well worth the read. Kokoris is one of my favorite authors!
Marian
Aug 15, 2007 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who liked Rich Part of Life
I read Kokoris' Rich Part of Life and loved it, so I thought I'd try his second book. Definitely darker, I didn't find it quite as appealing in either characters or plot. It reminded me a lot of Anne Tyler's Saint Maybe, with a theme of redemption through being good.

Victoria Miller
Dec 27, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After the first twenty pages or so, I was tempted to stop; however, I persevered and came to enjoy this book. By the time I finished, I was glad I read it.
Jodi Goldbeck
Nov 14, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Grade: B
Dinah
Mar 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another great book by Jim Kokoris. This one is funny and touching and absurd-loved it!
Leigh
Dec 21, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adult-fiction
Jaded lawyer goes to small town to meet a TV nun, meets wacky small town characters, has inner epiphanie and becomes a new man with purpose in his life. Whatever.
Colleen
Jun 29, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An easy read, I read through it because it attained my interest thoughout...however, the ending left me wishing for something more. Also, my friend's cousin is the author.
Debra
Jun 07, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I liked The Rich Part of Life so much better than this book. I didn't have any connection to the characters in this book and I really didn't care for the plot.
Harry Annan
Loved this book & this writer. Poignant, funny & clever. Great story of redemption with a cast of truly unique characters.
Aubrey
Nov 12, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I wanted this to be as good as his other novel, The Rich Part of Life, which I loved. It wasn't. Stupid story, boring characters, lame ending.
Mom2nine
The book had a strong start, but for me the story began to drag...a bit like "Waiting for Godot". Perhaps it was meant to pause. Interesting pretense, though; I enjoy Kokoris' quirky stories.
Ruth Vanderhart
Jun 10, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book! Warm, whimsical, and very human.
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Chicago-area novelist Jim Kokoris is the author of three books, "The Rich Part of Life," "Sister North," and "The Pursuit of Other Interests." His books have been published in 15 languages and have been optioned for film consideration. The winner of The Friends Of American Writers Award for Best First Novel ( 2001), his humor essays have appeared regularly in The Chicago Tribune Sunday Magazine.
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