The View from Mount Joy, Lorna Landvik's delightfully quirky and
intensely moving new novel, is about a man, a supermarket, the
roads not taken, and the great, unexpected pleasures found in
living a good life. When hunky teenage hockey player Joe Andreson
and his widowed mother move to Minneapolis, Joe falls under the
seductive spell of Kristi Casey, Ole Bull High's libidinous head
cheerleader, the kind of girl a guy can't say no to, even when
saying yes guarantees trouble. Joe balances Kristi's 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 (and torment) throughout Joe's life. Years later, having
once dreamed of a career in pro hockey or as a globetrotting
journalist, Joe can't 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: His constituents confide
astonishing things and always appreciate the value of a
hard-to-pass-up special, a free toy for a well-behaved youngster, a
pie for the best rendition of "Alfie," or simply Joe's generous
dispensing of the milk of human kindness. 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 Joe's is tame-or at least that's how it appears to the
outside world. But who has really risked more? Who has lived more?
And who is truly happy? As Joe discovers-in this dramatic,
heartbreaking, and hilarious novel-sometimes people are lucky
enough to be standing in the one place where the view of the world
is breathtaking, if only they'llopen their eyes to all there is to
see. The View from Mount Joy is truly glorious: a warm, wonderful
picture of life as seen from the deepest places in the heart. "From
the Hardcover edition."
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