The Lake, the River and the Other Lake by Steve Amick

The Lake, the River and the Other Lake starts as a simple story of the residents of a small town by a lake in Michigan and their relationships and conflicts with the affluent summer people who push up the price of real estate and make too much noise with their jet skis. It soon blossoms into several interrelated stories of teenage angst, the uneasy race relations with agricultural migrants and other foreigners, and the under-age lustings and travails of a widowed minister.

There’s a strong and welcome whiff of Lake Wobegon althought the stories are more extreme and occasionally overly outrageous. I did not much care for the widowed minister but the farmer who ends up welcoming his son’s Mexican wife into the family and the female assistant-sheriff who covers up for the locals’ war agains the summer people stayed with me. A great book to nurse your nostalgia about the waning summer.

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