Comic, heartfelt, and mysterious, these stories charm the reader with good humor, affection for their natural settings, and the gentle, persistent seeking for a lasting place in the daily world of common folk.
Within, the reader finds young love, aged angst, bumbling travelers, the fogged memory, moon-watchers, dog-rescuers, lost and very-lost tourists, and long, sweet farewells.
Some tales cast moonlight over the solitary in each of us who wanders dusk. Others haunt us with loss and evoke a certain sense of autumn, likely to press sighs from an ache in our breath. Still others fill us with the pride in a true hero.
The humorous among these engender wistful smiles, occasional smirks, and private chuckles punctuated by a shaking of the cynical head.
In the the tradition of Annie Dillard's Pilgrim at Tinker Creek and Henry David Thoreau's Walden, the narratives turn the gaze to our salvation, leading us to find ourselves outdoors to refresh the senses and soul. The words sometime cut sharply our venal selves, other times lead us to reach a hand over our hearts.
These stories, unified by Jollymore's Wolf Poems, invite readers to join in a happy, pointed, and gentle cosmic dance, hand in paw with the wolves' “chill-rhumba, Borealis.”
North Eastern Minnesota Book Awards
May 7, 2017
Lake Stories and Other Tales brings us snippets of genuine life, shared through story and poetry. Readers will enjoy this collection a bit at a time or all in one sitting. It works both ways. The book captures observations that most overlook or accept without notice. Jollymore writes sincerely, poignantly and uses humor to reveal everyday experiences and unplanned adventures.
In one of the stories, “Walkabout” you will not only be reminded of the geological wonderment of the Tetons, but will be entertained by snapshots of a day in the life of a park visitor. Jollymore tells us, “Americans! Get out of the car! . . . leave the carbon behind . . . Breathe in your majesty. Let it work.” This book is a classic.