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Chronicles of a radical hag (with recipes) : a novel / Lorna Landvik.
ISBN:
9781517905996

9781517906009
Publication Information:
Minneapolis, MN : University of Minnesota Press, [2019]

©2019
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304 pages ; 24 cm
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"In the small town of Granite Creek, Minnesota, Haze Evans suffers a stroke at the age of 89 and slips into a coma. Haze is a local legend, having written a daily column in the Granite Creek Gazette for fifty years running"-- Provided by publisher.

When Haze Evans first appeared in the small-town newspaper, Granite Creek Gazette, she earned fans by writing a story about her bachelor uncle who brought a Queen of the Rodeo to Thanksgiving dinner. Now, fifty years later, when the beloved columnist suffers a massive stroke and falls into a coma, publisher Susan McGrath fills the void with Haze's past columns and responses from readers. As Haze's story unfolds, Susan and her teenage son Sam-- his summer job is reading the paper archives-- discover secrets that have been locked in the files for decades, along with sad and surprising truths about Haze's past. -- adapted from jacket.
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A bittersweet, seriously funny novel of a life, a small town, and a key to our troubled times traced through a newspaper columnist's half-century of taking in, and taking on, the world The curmudgeon who wrote the column "Ramblin's by Walt"in the Granite Creek Gazette dismissed his successor as "puking on paper."But when Haze Evans first appeared in the small-town newspaper, she earned fans by writing a story about her bachelor uncle who brought a Queen of the Rodeo to Thanksgiving dinner. Now, fifty years later, when the beloved columnist suffers a massive stroke and falls into a coma, publisher Susan McGrath fills the void (temporarily, she hopes) with Haze's past columns, along with the occasional reprinted responses from readers. Most letters were favorable, although Haze did have her trolls; one Joseph Snell in particular dubbed her "liberal"ideas the "chronicles of a radical hag."Never censoring herself, Haze chose to mollify her critics with homey recipes--recognizing, in her constantly practical approach to the world and her community, that buttery Almond Crescents will certainly "melt away any misdirected anger."dFramed by news stories of half a century and annotated with the town's chorus of voices, Haze's story unfolds, as do those of others touched by the Granite Creek Gazette, including Susan, struggling with her troubled marriage, and her teenage son Sam, who--much to his surprise--enjoys his summer job reading the paper archives and discovers secrets that have been locked in the files for decades, along with sad and surprising truths about Haze's past. With her customary warmth and wit, Lorna Landvik summons a lifetime at once lost and recovered, a complicated past that speaks with knowing eloquence to a confused present. Her topical but timeless Chronicles of a Radical Hag reminds us--sometimes with a subtle touch, sometimes with gobsmacking humor--of the power of words and of silence, as well as the wonder of finding in each other what we never even knew we were missing.


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Library Journal Review

Haze Evans has been a columnist for the Granite Creek Gazette, a small-town newspaper in Minnesota, for more than 50 years. Her stories are mostly folksy and charming, but over the years, she's stepped on a few toes. Her feminist opinions prompted one disgruntled reader to label her column "The Chronicles of a Radical Hag." Nonplussed, Haze begins to add comforting recipes to her writing to help soothe her critics. When Haze suffers a stroke, Susan, the paper's editor, has the brilliant idea of reprinting Haze's older columns, while hoping she will make a full recovery. Susan's teenage son, Sam, is tasked with reading Haze's columns, choosing the ones the paper will run. Initially, he's not thrilled with his assignment, but then her stories begin to make a profound impression, and drawing inspiration from them, Sam acquires a deep appreciation for journalism. Haze touches many lives, but her influence on Sam, the voice of the future, ensures her legacy. VERDICT Landvik (Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons) has written a poignant but humorous, warm, and touching homage to writers while confirming the power and the importance of words.-Julie Whiteley, -Stephenville, TX © Copyright 2019. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.