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The View from Mount Joy - A Novel

Lorna Landvik

The View from Mount Joy, Lorna Landvik's delightfully quirky and intensely moving new novel, is about a man, a supermarket, the roads not taken, and the great, unexpected pleasures found in living a good life. When hunky teenage hockey player Joe Andreson and his widowed mother move to Minneapolis, Joe falls under the seductive spell of Kristi Casey, Ole Bull High's libidinous head cheerleader, the kind of girl a guy can't say no to, even when saying yes guarantees trouble. Joe balances Kristi's lustful manipulation with the down-to-earth companionship of his smart, platonic girlfriend, Darva. But it is Kristi who will prove to be a temptation (and torment) throughout Joe's life. Years later, having once dreamed of a career in pro hockey or as a globetrotting journalist, Joe can't believe that life has deposited him in the aisles of Haugland Foods. But he soon learns that being a grocer is like being the mayor of a small town: His constituents confide astonishing things and always appreciate the value of a hard-to-pass-up special, a free toy for a well-behaved youngster, a pie for the best rendition of "Alfie," or simply Joe's generous dispensing of the milk of human kindness. For Joe, everyday life is its own roller-coaster ride, and all he wants to do is hold on tight. The path Kristi has charged down, on the other hand, is as wild as Joe's is tame-or at least that's how it appears to the outside world. But who has really risked more? Who has lived more? And who is truly happy? As Joe discovers-in this dramatic, heartbreaking, and hilarious novel-sometimes people are lucky enough to be standing in the one place where the view of the world is breathtaking, if only they'll open their eyes to all there is to see. The View from Mount Joy is truly glorious: a warm, wonderful picture of life as seen from the deepest places in the heart. From the Hardcover edition.

The View from Mount Joy, Lorna Landvik's delightfully quirky and intensely moving new novel, is about a man, a supermarket, the roads not taken, and the great, unexpected pleasures found in living a good life. When hunky teenage hockey player Joe Andreson and his widowed mother move to Minneapolis, Joe falls under the seductive spell of Kristi Casey, Ole Bull High's libidinous head cheerleader, the kind of girl a guy can't say no to, even when saying yes guarantees trouble. Joe balances Kristi's lustful manipulation with the down-to-earth companionship of his smart, platonic girlfriend, Darva. But it is Kristi who will prove to be a temptation (and torment) throughout Joe's life. Years later, having once dreamed of a career in pro hockey or as a globetrotting journalist, Joe can't believe that life has deposited him in the aisles of Haugland Foods. But he soon learns that being a grocer is like being the mayor of a small town: His constituents confide astonishing things and always appreciate the value of a hard-to-pass-up special, a free toy for a well-behaved youngster, a pie for the best rendition of "Alfie," or simply Joe's generous dispensing of the milk of human kindness. For Joe, everyday life is its own roller-coaster ride, and all he wants to do is hold on tight. The path Kristi has charged down, on the other hand, is as wild as Joe's is tame-or at least that's how it appears to the outside world. But who has really risked more? Who has lived more? And who is truly happy? As Joe discovers-in this dramatic, heartbreaking, and hilarious novel-sometimes people are lucky enough to be standing in the one place where the view of the world is breathtaking, if only they'll open their eyes to all there is to see. The View from Mount Joy is truly glorious: a warm, wonderful picture of life as seen from the deepest places in the heart. From the Hardcover edition.
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The View from Mount Joy, Lorna Landvik's delightfully quirky and intensely moving new novel, is about a man, a supermarket, the roads not taken, and the great, unexpected pleasures found in living a good life. When hunky teenage hockey player Joe Andreson and his widowed mother move to Minneapolis, Joe falls under the seductive spell of Kristi Casey, Ole Bull High's libidinous head cheerleader, the kind of girl a guy can't say no to, even when saying yes guarantees trouble. Joe balances Kristi's lustful manipulation with the down-to-earth companionship of his smart, platonic girlfriend, Darva. But it is Kristi who will prove to be a temptation (and torment) throughout Joe's life. Years later, having once dreamed of a career in pro hockey or as a globetrotting journalist, Joe can't believe that life has deposited him in the aisles of Haugland Foods. But he soon learns that being a grocer is like being the mayor of a small town: His constituents confide astonishing things and always appreciate the value of a hard-to-pass-up special, a free toy for a well-behaved youngster, a pie for the best rendition of "Alfie," or simply Joe's generous dispensing of the milk of human kindness. For Joe, everyday life is its own roller-coaster ride, and all he wants to do is hold on tight. The path Kristi has charged down, on the other hand, is as wild as Joe's is tame-or at least that's how it appears to the outside world. But who has really risked more? Who has lived more? And who is truly happy? As Joe discovers-in this dramatic, heartbreaking, and hilarious novel-sometimes people are lucky enough to be standing in the one place where the view of the world is breathtaking, if only they'll open their eyes to all there is to see. The View from Mount Joy is truly glorious: a warm, wonderful picture of life as seen from the deepest places in the heart. From the Hardcover edition.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Robertson Dean

Length:

4h 40m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

04:00


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

05:32


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

04:14


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

03:13


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

03:00


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

05:23


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

03:07


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

03:47


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

03:06


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

05:44


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

05:32


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

03:51


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

03:44


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

03:08


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

03:41


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

04:19


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

03:01


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

03:22


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

03:52


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

02:44


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

02:55


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

02:22


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

05:12


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

03:37


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

03:14


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

03:41


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

04:31


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

02:40


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

03:53


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

02:51


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

03:21


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

03:30


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

03:17


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

03:54


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

02:36


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

03:06


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

02:58


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

04:59


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

05:01


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

03:00


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

02:23


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

05:28


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

03:13


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

03:57


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

02:19


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

04:40


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

05:30


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

05:14


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

04:42


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

03:22


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

02:56


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

03:14


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

03:56


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

04:17


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

03:17


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

02:52


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

04:30


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

05:10


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

03:11


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

05:06


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

04:57


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

02:51


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

03:12


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

03:34


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

03:34


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

04:01


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

03:10


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

03:09


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

02:46


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

04:50


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

05:25


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

05:00


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

03:11


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

02:38