Lake Wobegon Summer 1956 Book Summary and Study Guide

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Keillor's "heavily autobiographical" 2001 novel of a 14-year-old boy's summer in Lake Wobegon, Minnesota concerns: the clash between the conservative religious values of his family and town, and the fascinating porn magazine "High School Orgy" lent to him by a friend; his adoration of his older cousin Kate; his unpleasant and self-righteous older sister's unrelenting torment of him; his discovery of his calling as a writer; and all the eccentric and hilarious types that populate a typical Midwestern town. The book contains much of the laughs one expects from Keillor, but with more of a bittersweet edge and characters the reader truly comes to care about.
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Plot & Themes

Tone of book?    -   upbeat Time/era of story    -   1930's-1950's Kids growing up/acting up?    -   Yes Kids:    -   religious influences Ethnic/Regional/Religion    -   Christian    -   American Midwest Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Ethnic/regional/gender life    -   Yes Age group of kid(s) in story:    -   high school Parents/lack of parents problem?    -   rebelling against parent's expectations

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   student Age:    -   a teen Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White (American)


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   4 () United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Midwest Farm/Ranch?    -   Yes Farm/Ranch:    -   farm Small town?    -   Yes Small town people:    -   nice, like Andy/Opie/Aunt Bee    -   very gullible, like Gomer Pyle

Writing Style

Sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   descript of kissing    -   actual description of hetero sex    -   Boob talk! Amount of dialog    -   significantly more descript than dialog

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