Vacationland

Vacationland

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On a lake in northernmost Minnesota, you might find Naledi Lodge--only two cabins still standing, its pathways now trodden mostly by memories. And there you might meet Meg, or the ghost of the girl she was, growing up under her grandfather's care in a world apart and a lifetime ago. Now an artist, Meg paints images "reflected across the mirrors of memory and water," much as the linked stories of Vacationland cast shimmering spells across distance and time.


Those whose paths have crossed at Naledi inhabit Vacationland : a man from nearby Hatchet Inlet who knew Meg back when, a Sarajevo refugee sponsored by two parishes who can't afford "their own refugee," aged sisters traveling to fulfill a fateful pact once made at the resort, a philandering ad man, a lonely Ojibwe stonemason, and a haiku-spouting girl rescued from a bog.


Sarah Stonich, whose work has been described as "unexpected and moving" by the Chicago Tribune and "a well-paced feast" by the Los Angeles Times , weaves these tales of love and loss, heartbreak and redemption into a rich novel of interconnected and disjointed lives. Vacationland is a moving portrait of a place--at once timeless and of the moment, composed of conflicting dreams and shared experience--and of the woman bound to it by legacy and sometimes longing, but not necessarily by choice.


Publisher: Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press, 2013
ISBN: 9780816687664
0816687668
Characteristics: 301 pages ; 21 cm

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HCL_staff_reviews Oct 16, 2018

Local author Sarah Stonich weaves the stories of visitors to a remote northern Minnesotan resort. Her humorous, Fargoish dialog adds a touch of levity among the tragedies and heartbreak of the characters' lives. — Sharon N., Excelsior Library


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mtipping
Feb 04, 2019

Liked it but didn't finish

HCL_staff_reviews Oct 16, 2018

Local author Sarah Stonich weaves the stories of visitors to a remote northern Minnesotan resort. Her humorous, Fargoish dialog adds a touch of levity among the tragedies and heartbreak of the characters' lives. — Sharon N., Excelsior Library

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EmilyEm
May 29, 2017

Minnesota writer Stonich sets these intertwined stories at a resort and nearby small town in northernmost Minnesota. The stories center on the resort owner and his granddaughter, but include summer people and locals.

A friend who loves the North Shore and Boundary Waters as much as I do recommended 'Vacationland.' Lovely writing filled with wit, great insight and reflections on lots of things. The intertwined chapters all had one word titles—big ideas. If I needed to compare it to something else I’ve read it would be Elizabeth Strout’s 'Olive Kitteridge.' A must read for Minnesotans.

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pamscout
Jun 06, 2016

I loved this book. The author's prose is beautiful and I got caught up in and captivated by the characters in each chapter. I just wish the stories could go on and on. I can't wait to read the author's other books.

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