Patty Jane's House of Curl

  • by Lorna Landvik
  • Narrated by Janet Letnes Martin, Suzann Nelson
  • 3 hrs and 2 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Comic Lorna Landvik gives Garrison Keillor's Lake Wobegon a feminine perspective with her story about Patty Jane and Harriet Dobbin, two wacky Minnesota sisters. Patty Jane's downfall is to marry the gorgeous but irresponsible Thor Rolvaag. Before she can say "annulment," a baby is on the way and Thor is gone, leaving Patty to rely on sister Harriet. It would be Patty Jane's entrepreneurial spirit that moves her to establish a beauty shop, her House of Curl, which evolves into a support group and community workshop over three tumultuous decades. Gently humorous and peopled with eccentric characters, Patty Jane's House of Curl is a heartwarming, deeply satisfying experience.

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What the Critics Say

"Fun and funny, spiked with tragedy and sad times." (USA Today)
"Patty Jane's House of Curl has the emotional warmth of Lake Wobegon and the tender/tough female characters who populated Fried Green Tomatoes... A unique story." (St. Paul Pioneer Press)

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Makes me want to get a permanent wave!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I had previously read this book and loved it so much that I decided to revisit it in audio format. Loved it just as much the second time around.


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- K. Fontaine

Great story and great narrator.

Where does Patty Jane's House of Curl rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I thoroughly enjoyed the simple but engaging story of two sisters from their early twenties through the following twenty years falling in love and suffering personal tragedy and even though they are deeply flawed people and have times of losing one another, in the end they struggle through together and show that you don' have to have a perfect life to have a full life as long as you got your family.


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- Amanda

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-20-2000
  • Publisher: HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books