Lake Stories and Other Tales


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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.”

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5.0 out of 5 starsSnippets of Genuine Life 

May 7, 2017

Format: Paperback

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. 

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