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 ...
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.
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Publishers Weekly, 1997-05-05 Everyone needs a refuge, and for the lucky residents of White Falls, Minn., respite can be found in Dick and Devera Lindstrom's suburban basement, a BYOB nightcub called Your Oasis on Flame Lake. Car salesman Dick is an extrovert who loves the idea of a neighborhood hangout and has little trouble convincing his wife and youngest daughter to help him. But as we slowly discover, the Oasis can't conceal the stresses that underlie their lives and those of others in the community. Using the voices of the Lindstroms, their daughter, Darcy, and their friends Sergio and BiDi, Landvik (Patty Jane's House of Curl) builds a narrative that touches on marital harmony and discord, teenage angst and generational tensions. Written with warmth, wit and tart dialogue, the book engages big themes (love, friendship, loyalty, betrayal and the quest for meaning) while recording the mundanities of daily existence. The focus of the plotæan extended crisis involving first BiDi's teenage daughter and then Darcy, several injuries, a car accident and a deathæseems almost irrelevant, a vehicle to highlight always fragile family relationships. Nonetheless, Landvik's quirky and passionate characters, and her ardent determination to give them dignity, make this a heartwarming story. Author tour. (July)
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