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Lorna Landvik - Author

About the Author

Lorna Landvik is the bestselling author of Patty Jane’s House of Curl, Your Oasis on Flame Lake, The Tall Pine Polka and Welcome to the Great Mysterious. She is also an actor, playwright and proud member of her own book club.

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Once in a Blue Moon Lodge A Novel

Once in a Blue Moon Lodge A Novel

Author: Lorna Landvik Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 17/04/2018

Set adrift when her mother sells the salon that has been a neighborhood institution for decades, Nora Rolvaag takes a camping trip, intending to do nothing more than roast marshmallows over an open fire and under a starry sky. Two chance encounters, however, will have enormous consequences, and her getaway turns out to be more of a retreat from her daily life than she ever imagined. But Nora is the do-or-die-trying daughter of Patty Jane, who now must embrace the House of Curl\u2019s slogan: \u201cExpect the Unexpected.\u201dWith her trademark wit and warmth, Lorna Landvik follows Nora and an ever-growing cast of characters between city and wooded retreat, Minnesota and Norway, a past that\u2019s secret and a future that\u2019s promising, but uncertain. Responding to a mysterious letter with a Norwegian postmark, Nora\u2019s grandmother Ione travels to her native land to tend to a dying cousin and her husband-two people who played a painful, pivotal role in her past. Nora accompanies her and is surprised by her grandmother\u2019s long-ago love story-but even more surprised by the beginning of her own.A book about making new beginnings out of old endings, Once in a Blue Moon Lodge invites readers to check in, set down their baggage, and spend time with the kind of people who understand that while they can\u2019t control all that life throws at them, they can at least control how they catch it. And as anyone who has stopped in at Patty Jane\u2019s House of Curl will tell you: you\u2019re in for a rollicking good time with characters whose strengths, foibles, and choices will have you laughing and crying. Hankerings for coffee and gingerbread cookies may also be experienced.

Best to Laugh A Novel

Best to Laugh A Novel

Author: Lorna Landvik Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2015

No one steps up to life\u2019s banquet, holds out her tray, and orders, \u201cGrief, please!\u201d But as a child, Candy Pekkala was served a heaping helping of it. Every buffet line has a dessert section, however, and when a cousin calls with a Hollywood apartment to sublet, it seems as though Candy is finally offered something sweet. It\u2019s good-bye to Minnesota and hello to California, where a girl who has always lived by her wits has a real chance of making a living with them. With that, the irrepressible Lorna Landvik launches her latest irresistible character onto the world stage-or at least onto the dimly lit small stage where stand-up comedy gets its start.Herself a comic performer, Landvik taps her own adventurous past and Minnesota roots to conjure Candy\u2019s life in this strange new Technicolor home. Her fellow tenants at Peyton Hall include a female bodybuilder, a ruined nightclub impresario, and a well-connected Romanian fortune-teller. There are game show appearances and temp jobs at a record company and an establishment suspiciously like the Playboy Mansion, and of course the alluring but not always welcoming stage of stand-up comedy. As she hones her act, Candy is tested by humiliation, hecklers, and the inherent sexism that insists \u201cchicks aren\u2019t funny.\u201dWritten with the light touch and quiet wisdom that have made her works so popular, this is classic Lorna Landvik-sometimes so funny, you\u2019ll cry; sometimes so sad, you might as well laugh; and always impossible to put down.

Best to Laugh A Novel

Best to Laugh A Novel

Author: Lorna Landvik Format: Hardback Release Date: 15/09/2014

No one steps up to life\u2019s banquet, holds out her tray, and orders, \u201cGrief, please!\u201d But as a child, Candy Pekkala was served a heaping helping of it. Every buffet line has a dessert section, however, and when a cousin calls with a Hollywood apartment to sublet, it seems as though Candy is finally offered something sweet. It\u2019s good-bye to Minnesota and hello to California, where a girl who has always lived by her wits has a real chance of making a living with them. With that, the irrepressible Lorna Landvik launches her latest irresistible character onto the world stage-or at least onto the dimly lit small stage where stand-up comedy gets its start.Herself a comic performer, Landvik taps her own adventurous past and Minnesota roots to conjure Candy\u2019s life in this strange new Technicolor home. Her fellow tenants at Peyton Hall include a female bodybuilder, a ruined nightclub impresario, and a well-connected Romanian fortune-teller. There are game show appearances and temp jobs at a record company and an establishment suspiciously like the Playboy Mansion, and of course the alluring but not always welcoming stage of stand-up comedy. As she hones her act, Candy is tested by humiliation, hecklers, and the inherent sexism that insists \u201cchicks aren\u2019t funny.\u201dWritten with the light touch and quiet wisdom that have made her works so popular, this is classic Lorna Landvik-sometimes so funny, you\u2019ll cry; sometimes so sad, you might as well laugh; and always impossible to put down.

Mayor of the Universe A Novel

Mayor of the Universe A Novel

Author: Lorna Landvik Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/09/2014

A mild-mannered actuary, Fletcher Weschel lives at the crossroads of Bland and Humdrum-or so he thinks until a cosmic contest catapults him into the fantasy world he made up as a boy. Suddenly his childhood bedroom is aswarm with aliens, all bent on discovering the human who best personifies their mission-in this case, the deeply serious pursuit of fun. Ejected from the boring comfort of his office chair, Fletcher finds himself astride the bare back of a horse, in front of a safe (that he happens to be cracking), and then . . . in the cabin of a weight-loss camp for kids? Apparently adventures come in all shapes and sizes, and it\u2019s up to Fletcher to make the most of these, conducted by his alien guide, Tandala, who takes on the corporeal form of a big-boned Jamaican and tends to get distracted by Earth\u2019s many surprising pleasures (garlic! libraries! love!).But even fantasies can have consequences, and as Fletcher struggles through them, he is cheered and assisted by Wanda Plum, a plucky second-grade teacher who helps him realize what his ultimate role really is on this highly mysterious, infinitely marvelous pale-blue dot in a vast universe. Though its cast includes aliens, this charmed and charming book is quintessential Lorna Landvik-less about outer space than about the crowded, complex inner space of the human heart.

Patty Janes Frisorsalon

Patty Janes Frisorsalon

Author: Lorna Landvik Format: eBook Release Date: 14/07/2014

Eigentlich hatte alles so schon werden konnen, doch Patty Janes Mann macht sich schon kurz vor der Geburt von Tochterchen Nora aus dem Staub, und ihre Schwester Harriet verliert ihren Verlobten kurz vor der Hochzeit. Was tun? Die beiden jungen Frauen nehmen ihr Leben selbst in die Hand und eroffnen einen Friseursalon der besonderen Art, der bald zum beliebtesten Treffpunkt der Nachbarschaft wird.

Welcome To The Great Mysterious

Welcome To The Great Mysterious

Author: Lorna Landvik Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/02/2011

Diva Geneva Jordan has performed for millions on stage, screen and television but now has a leading role in Minnesota. She has agreed to look after her thirteen-year-old nephew, a boy with Down's syndrome, while his parents take a long-overdue break. Though Geneva and her sister, Ann, are as different as night and day ('I being night, of course, dark and dramatic'), Geneva remembers she had a family before she had a star on her door. But so accustomed is she to playing the lead, finding herself a supporting actress in someone else's life is strange and unexplored territory. Then the discovery of an old scrapbook that she and her sister created long ago starts her thinking of things beyond fame. For THE GREAT MYSTERIOUS is a collection of thoughts and feelings dedicated to answering life's BIG questions - far outside the spotlight's glow...

'Tis the Season

'Tis the Season

Author: Lorna Landvik Format: eBook Release Date: 28/10/2008

Heiress Caroline Dixon has managed to alienate nearly everyone with her alcohol-fueled antics, which have also provided near-constant fodder for the poison-pen tabloids and their gossip-hungry readers. But like so many girls-behaving-badly, the twenty-six-year-old socialite gets her comeuppance, followed by a newfound desire to live a saner existenceor at least one more firmly rooted in the real world.As Caro tentatively begins atoning for past misdeeds, she reaches out to two wonderful people who years ago brought meaning to her life: her former nanny, Astrid Brevald, now living in Norway, and Arizona dude ranch owner Cyril Dale. While Astrid fondly remembers Caro as a sweet little girl, Cyril recalls how he and his late wife were quite taken with the quick-witted teenager Caro had become when she spent time at the Dales ranch as her father was dying. In a series of e-mail exchanges, Caro reveals the depth of her pain and the lengths she went to hide it. In turn, Astrid and Cyril share their own stories of challenging times and offer the unconditional support Caro has never known. The correspondence leads to the promise of a reunion, just in time for Christmas. But the holiday brings unexpected revelations that change the way everyone sees themselves and one another.From the Compact Disc edition.

View From Mount Joy

View From Mount Joy

Author: Lorna Landvik Format: eBook Release Date: 04/09/2007

THE VIEW FROM MOUNT JOY, Lorna Landviks delightfully quirky and intensely moving new novel, is about the unexpected pleasures found in living a good life. When hunky teenage hockey player Joe Andreson moves to Minneapolis, Joe falls under the seductive spell of Kristi Casey, Ole Bull Highs libidinous head cheerleader. Joe balances Kristis lustful manipulation with the down-to-earth companionship of his smart, platonic girlfriend, Darva. But it is Kristi who will prove to be a temptation throughout Joes life.Years later, having once dreamed of a career in pro hockey or as a globetrotting journalist, Joe cant believe that life has deposited him in the aisles of Haugland Foods. But he soon learns that being a grocer is like being the mayor of a small town. For Joe, everyday life is its own roller-coaster ride, and all he wants to do is hold on tight.The path Kristi has charged down, on the other hand, is as wild as Joes is tameor at least thats how it appears. But who has really risked more? Who has lived more? And who is truly happy? As Joe discovers, sometimes people are lucky enough to be standing in the one place where the view of the world is breathtaking, if only theyll open their eyes to all there is to see.

Your Oasis On Flame Lake

Your Oasis On Flame Lake

Author: Lorna Landvik Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/03/2007

Best friends fast approaching forty in the small Minnesota town of Flame Lake, Devera and BiDi, were recently voted 'Least Changed' at their twentieth high school reunion - a label neither one finds very appealing. For each craves a change in her life: Devera wants a break from her humdrum marital routine; BiDi longs to reconnect with her distant fourteen-year-old daughter (the only girl on the high-school hockey team), not to mention jump-starting a sex drive stuck in neutral. So when Devera's husband decides to fulfil his longtime dream of opening a nightclub in his basement, Your Oasis on Flame Lake arrives not a moment too soon. Nothing fancy, it's just a BYOB joint where you can hang out, sing, dance, tell jokes and be yourself. But then an unexpected crisis throws both families into chaos, forcing them all to take stock of their lives - and learn the power of forgiveness.

The Tall Pine Polka

The Tall Pine Polka

Author: Lorna Landvik Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/10/2006

Life, they say, is a state of mind. In the small town of Tall Pine, Minnesota, that state of mind is found at the Cup O'Delight cafe. The locals gather here for what they call the Tall Pine Polka, an event in which heavenly coffee, good food, and that feeling of being alive among friends inspires both body and soul to dance. Escaping to Tall Pine from an abusive husband, Lee answered the 'What am I going to do with my life?' question by opening the cafe. Among the regulars are Miss Penk and Frau Katt, the town's only lesbian couple ('Well, we're za only ones who admit it.'); Pete, proprietor of the Shoe Shack, who spends his nights crafting beautiful shoes to present to Lee, along with his declarations of love; Mary, whose bad poetry can clear the cafe in seconds, and most important of all, Lee's best friend Fenny, a smart and sassy twenty-two-year-old going on eighty. Then Hollywood 'discovers' Tall Pine. It seems the sleepy town is the perfect location for a romantic comedy. And Fenny, pounced on like a bone in a yard full of hungry dogs is evidently that rarity in Hollywood: a 'natural'. Lee and Fenny are to find their friendship put to the test as events push their hearts in unexplored directions - where endings really can turn into new beginnings...

Oh My Stars

Oh My Stars

Author: Lorna Landvik Format: eBook Release Date: 27/06/2006

I am convinced that at birth the cake is already baked. Nurture is the nuts or frosting, but if youre a spice cake, youre a spice cake, and nothing is going to change you into an angel food.Tall, slender Violet Mathers is growing up in the Great Depression, which could just as well define her state of mind. Abandoned by her mother as a child, mistreated by her father, and teased by her schoolmates (Hey, Olive Oyl, wheres Popeye?), the lonely girl finds solace in artistic pursuits. Only when shes hired by the towns sole feminist to work the night shift in the local thread factory does Violet come into her name, and bloom. Accepted by her co-workers, the teenager enters the happiest phase of her life, until a terrible accident causes her to retreat once again into her lonely shell.Realizing that she has only one clear choice, Violet boards a bus heading west to California. But when the bus crashes in North Dakota, it seems that Fate is having another cruel laugh at Violets expense. This time though, Violet laughs back. She and her fellow passengers are rescued by two men: Austin Sykes, whom Violet is certain is the blackest man to ever set foot on the North Dakota prairie, and Kjel Hedstrom, who inspires feelings Violet never before has felt. Kjel and Austin are musicians whose sound is like no other, and with pluck, verve, and wit, Violet becomes part of their quest to make a new kind of music together. Oh My Stars is Lorna Landviks most ambitious novel yet, with a cast of characters whose travails and triumphs youll long remember. It is a tale of love and hope, bigotry and betrayal, loss and discoveryas Violet, whos always considered herself a minor character in her own life story, emerges as a heroine youll laugh with, cry with, and, most important, cheer for all the way.From the Hardcover edition.

Oh My Stars

Oh My Stars

Author: Lorna Landvik Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/01/2006

Tall, slender Violet Mathers is growing up in the Great Depression, which could just as well define her state of mind. Abandoned by her mother as a child, mistreated by her father, and teased by her schoolmates, the lonely girl finds solace in artistic pursuits. It's only when she's hired by the town's sole feminist to work the night shift in the local factory that Violet comes into her name and blooms. Accepted by her co-workers, the teenager enters the happiest phase of her life, until a terrible accident causes her to retreat once again into her lonely shell. Realising that she has only one choice, Violet boards a bus heading west to California. But when the bus crashes in North Dakota, it seems that fate is having another cruel laugh at Violet's expense. This time, though, Violet laughs back. She and her fellow passengers are rescued by two men: Austin Sykes, who Violet is certain is the blackest man ever to set foot on the North Dakota prairie, and Kjel Hedstrom, who inspires feelings Violet has never before felt. Kjel and Austin are musicians whose sound is like no other, and with pluck, verve and wit, Violet becomes part of their quest to make a new kind of music together. OH, MY STARS is Lorna Landvik's most ambitious novel yet, with a cast of characters whose travails and triumphs you'll long remember. It is a tale of love and hope, bigotry and betrayal, loss and discovery - as Violet, who's always considered herself a minor character in her own life story, emerges as a heroine you'll laugh with, cry with and, most important, cheer for all the way.

Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons

Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons

Author: Lorna Landvik Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/05/2004

Sometimes life is like a bad waiter - it serves you exactly what you don't want. The women of Freesia Court have come together at life's table, fully convinced that there is nothing that good coffee, delectable desserts and a strong shoulder can't fix. Laughter is the glue that holds them together - the foundation of a book group they call AHEB (Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons) - an unofficial club that becomes a lifeline. The five women each have a story to tell. There's Faith, the newcomer, a housewife and mother who harbours a terrible secret; big, beautiful Audrey, the resident sex queen who knows that with good posture and attitude you can get away with anything; Merit, the shy doctor's wife with the face of an angel and the private hell of an abusive husband; Kari, a wise woman with a wonderful laugh who knows that the greatest gifts appear after life's fiercest storms; and finally, Slip, activist and adventurer, a tiny spitfire who looks trouble straight in the eye and challenges it to arm wrestle. Holding on through forty eventful years - through the swinging Sixties, the turbulent Seventies, the anything-goes Eighties, the nothing's-impossible Nineties, to the present day - they take the plunge into the chaos that inevitably comes to those with the temerity to stay alive and kicking.

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