Leaving Home

Leaving Home by Garrison Keillor

It has been a quiet week in Lake Wobegon.
So starts each chapter of this wonderful collection of stories, and the essence of the collection is fully contained in that one simple sentence as it is an entire book of quiet happenings and everyday occurances.

The stories are all set in a quiet mid-western town named Lake Wobegon, the kind of no-name town that exists all over the world, an entity within itself where everybody knows everybody else AND their business. Like most small towns the beauty exists in relation the people have with the society they are part of and Garrison Keillor gently introduces characters and buildings with the same soft qualities.

Reading the stories feels familiar, with a million oft-played household dramas reproduced with a gentle humour that only helps to enamour you to the town, the people, and the lives they lead. If you are looking for a quiet read for a lazy day I heartily recommend it, as it was recommended to me.