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Sam Kelvig, a third-generation resident, will do just about anything to protect Grandview from the influx of new oil money and the strangers chasing it. Meanwhile, his restless wife, Patricia, wearies of the constraints of marriage to a man who is so tied to his community; Sam's estranged son, Norby, has reluctantly returned home despite the family's struggle with accepting his sexuality; Henrik, Sam's volatile brother, is looking for any easy opportunity; and Blanche, the family matriarch, only wants a bit of peace before she dies. As Jamboree goes into full swing, the disputes and desires of the Kelvigs - and their friends and neighbors - collide, fueled by both longtime resentments and an irrepressible hope to preserve their family and hometown.
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By Sara on 08-02-17
Not For Me
I agree with another reviewer here that the themes in this book were stale and worn out. I would also add that I thought the conflicts and issues were overworked and belabored to the point of being tiresome. In addition, much of the profanity and rough talk felt awkward, forced and seemed unnecessary in the story.
Even worse, it was difficult to feel connected to the characters and get a sense of flow in the plot when the book was just over 8 hours long and had 78 chapters--some only 2 minutes long. It made the whole thing feel choppy, jumpy and really uneven.
23 of 26 people found this review helpful
By Lori on 11-21-15
It was okay
It was okay. I think the themes were pretty worn out, though there were many - parent/child relationship strained, lengthy marriage becoming a bit stale, coworker issues, sibling issues, coming of age issues, race issues - and none of them were dealt with in any fresh way, so it was a bit dull in that aspect. But, it was a nice little town with a familiar scene and a comforting vibe, so I don't regret listening to it. The narrator was pretty good, but did make the women all sound a bit dumb.
4 of 5 people found this review helpful