Star Lake Saloon and Housekeeping Cottages: A Novel (Library of American Fiction) (Paperback)
When Hannah unexpectedly inherits her uncle's rundown resort, she must head to the northwoods to close up and sell the business. But the only interested buyer is Ingold, an international mining company, and Hannah finds herself reluctantly operating the resort while trapped in the midst of a treacherous dispute between Ingold and Uncle Hal's activist friends.
From safeguarding the wilderness to pursuing elusive new love interests, Hannah has plenty to engage her imagination at Star Lake. A new aspect of her personality emerges, one that is surprisingly courageous and compassionate. Throughout this humorous, elegantly plotted adventure with its appealing characters and lyrical depictions of nature, Hannah encounters the inevitability of change—in herself and in the nostalgic landscape of the deep North.
“Readers will enjoy how Rath has thrown in a bit of everything—mystery, family drama, love story, and comedy—and will certainly like getting to know Hannah as she fights big business, hot flashes, and her own resistance to this wild and lovely place.”—Booklist, July 2005
“With their heartthrobs, heartaches and general distemper, the denizens of the Star Lake Saloon and Housekeeping Cottages are genuine characters, regional archetypes and all-too-human beings. Sara Rath's keen sense of detail and tender eye for small-town mysteries and interstices make this a heartfelt debut.”—Jacquelyn Mitchard, author of The Deep End of the Ocean and The Breakdown Lane
"An extremely pleasurable diversion! Is there a Wisconsinite who does not have the fondest memories of a place just like Star Lake? A compelling reminder of the importance our environment holds in bringing us peace, rejuvenation, and a connection with others."—Karen Fischer, Great Old Broads for Wilderness