New American Library (Penguin), July 2010
The enchantingly offbeat town of Lumby is surrounded by vast natural
beauty -- something its quirky residents have never taken for granted.
On Main Street, the town mascot, Hank, a resident pink flamingo, dreams
of becoming a bald eagle soaring among the mountain peaks. But when
outside forces threaten the very fabric of the town, Hank's feathers
aren't the only ones that get ruffled.
Pam and Mark Walker are celebrating their twenty-fifth wedding anniversary with a weeklong family reunion and a ceremony to renew their vows. Mark breezily dismisses Pam's misgivings about temporarily closing Montis Inn, and heads off to the county fair to try his hand at both chain saw sculpting and sheep shearing, with chaotic -- and hilarious -- results. Meanwhile, Pam juggles her thrill-seeking mother, who has a new "friend with benefits," and her nonconformist niece, who posts unedited commentaries on her online blog. When Mark's brother-in-law starts broadcasting his radio talk show from Montis Inn, his disparaging remarks about small-town life cause immediate rifts that only widen when he sides with a real estate developer who wants to turn Lumby into an asphalt Aspen. As the controversy pits family against family, and neighbor against neighbor, will the spirit that defines Lumby triumph once again?
paperback | ISBN: 9780451230041 | Publication Date: July 2010