Lake (Kindle Single) Kindle Edition
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It's a story of a New Jersey summer community on the shores of a lake, a fully realized anecdotal account that spans a generation beginning in the 1920s. In a relatively few number of pages, "Lake" manages to be sprawling in its very large cast of characters.
Told in vignettes, "Lake" is a collection of sketches that could as easily be performed as read. We get glimpses into the lives of summer and year-round residents, including a fetching snippet of Mae West who is seen being rowed around the lake by her secretary to the delight of the men watching from the shore and docks.
Most of the vignettes, some no longer than a sentence or two, tell a complete story. Some in a single paragraph capture the arc of an entire life. For instance, Fanny prefers her proper name but can't escape the flighty persona the nickname implies. "When I married Walter Church and signed the register `Frances' I felt a great relief. By the time I realized it was Fanny he loved, we had a child. As Fanny I have what actors covet: a role to my dying day."
Well into the story, draft notices start arriving in mailboxes and the tone shifts to somber and even plaintive as the war clouds roll in over the Lake.
Mrs. David had a habit of blowing a whistle - twice long, once short - to call her boy home. Even though he was teased by the other children, he always obeyed his mother's summons.Read more ›
The Kindle Single follows the residents who are there mainly from Memorial Day to Labor Day and we are fortunate to listen in at the Poetry Club meetings as well as some private conversations. Throughout the story, we hear from each person at the Lake, and share in their lives and especially their summers.
There is a lot of humor in "Lake" as well as sadness and unfulfilled dreams and the consequences of war. It's a very good look at the characters who make up the summer lake community.
The writing is superb and Frank D. Gilroy is a Tony and Pulitzer Prize winning author. "Lake" makes for very enjoyable reading.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This story builds up a momentum as it ends that combines heartbreak and hope. The writing is superb, the characters vivid and believable. Read morePublished 19 months ago by L. Akers
I read only 17 per cent could not get into this book. Just snippets of writing about the place not very interesting. I might try again if I had nothing else to read. Read morePublished on June 20, 2014 by Heather Fay Bowers
I enjoyed this book a great deal. I didn't think I would at first because the story is told in a style of many little stories which do not flow from one to the next. Read morePublished on March 19, 2014 by Albert Mock
I didnt like it, characters were dull, place hadnt atmosphere and it just didnt work. And if there were emotions I didnt find them.Published on February 26, 2014 by Lenka Chaloupkova
I was blown away as I read this story. It is beautifully written, and truly a privilege to read. It is a story which is superbly built, vignette by vignette, so the whole town is... Read morePublished on October 23, 2013 by S.E. Morton
I enjoyed this memoir . He has a natural style that is pleasant to read . He comes across as a kind man - with fond
memories of all the individuals
While I understand the idea of the book the stories didn't seem to tie together enough to keep book flowing.Published on July 15, 2013 by Amazon Customer
I haven't finished reading this one yet so I really don't have too much to say about it. Let you know more when I am finished.Published on May 22, 2013 by SUSAN J. BORDONARO
Good short story, anyone spending time at a summer lake will recognize the different personalities and sub-plots. Read morePublished on February 11, 2013 by johnac1981
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