In the sweltering heat of a Montana July, the small town of Grandview readies for its annual Jamboree. The event is meant to celebrate community, but this year tensions boil over, threatening to tear the town, and a family, apart.
Sam Kelvig, a third-generation resident, will do just about anything to protect Grandview from the influx of new oil money and the strangers chasing it. Meanwhile, his restless wife, Patricia, wearies of the constraints of marriage to a man who is so tied to his community; Sam's estranged son, Norby, has reluctantly returned home despite the family's struggle with accepting his sexuality; Henrik, Sam's volatile brother, is looking for any easy opportunity; and Blanche, the family matriarch, only wants a bit of peace before she dies. As Jamboree goes into full swing, the disputes and desires of the Kelvigs - and their friends and neighbors - collide, fueled by both longtime resentments and an irrepressible hope to preserve their family and hometown.
©2015 Craig Lancaster (P)2015 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.
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"Another incisive look at humanity from author"
I absolutely loved 600 Hours of Edward and Edward Adrift. This is not quite up to that level, but great nonetheless. Mr. Lancaster writes about everyday characters with love and understanding. He makes you laugh at the tragic, cry at the mundane. Excellent author. Well read by Mr. Greenhill.
Very entertaining, and funny. It is reminiscent of a Fanny Flagg novel. Would definately recommend.
"It was okay"
It was okay. I think the themes were pretty worn out, though there were many - parent/child relationship strained, lengthy marriage becoming a bit stale, coworker issues, sibling issues, coming of age issues, race issues - and none of them were dealt with in any fresh way, so it was a bit dull in that aspect. But, it was a nice little town with a familiar scene and a comforting vibe, so I don't regret listening to it. The narrator was pretty good, but did make the women all sound a bit dumb.
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