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Best to Laugh

(2014)
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No one steps up to life's banquet, holds out her tray, and orders, "Grief, please!" But as a child, Candy Pekkala was served a heaping helping of it. Every buffet line has a dessert section, however, and when a cousin calls with a Hollywood apartment to sublet, it seems as though Candy is finally offered something sweet. It's good-bye to Minnesota and hello to California, where a girl who has always lived by her wits has a real chance of making a living with them. With that, the irrepressible Lorna Landvik launches her latest irresistible character onto the world stage - or at least onto the dimly lit small stage where stand-up comedy gets its start.

Herself a comic performer, Landvik taps her own adventurous past and Minnesota roots to conjure Candy's life in this strange new Technicolor home. Her fellow tenants at Peyton Hall include a female bodybuilder, a ruined nightclub impresario, and a well-connected old Romanian fortune-teller. There are game show appearances and temp jobs at a record company and an establishment suspiciously like the Playboy Mansion, and of course the alluring but not always welcoming stage of stand-up comedy. As she hones her act, Candy is tested by humiliation, hecklers, and the inherent sexism that insists "chicks aren't funny."

Written with the light touch and quiet wisdom that have made her works so popular, this is classic Lorna Landvik - sometimes so funny, you'll cry; sometimes so sad, you might as well laugh; and always impossible to put down.

Genre: General Fiction

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September 2014 : USA Hardback
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Title: Best to Laugh: A Novel
Author(s): Lorna Landvik
ISBN: 0-8166-9453-2 / 978-0-8166-9453-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Univ Of Minnesota Press
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Paperback Editions

September 2015 : USA Paperback
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Title: Best to Laugh: A Novel
Author(s): Lorna Landvik
ISBN: 0-8166-9897-X / 978-0-8166-9897-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Univ Of Minnesota Press
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August 2014 : USA, Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Best to Laugh: A Novel
Author(s): Lorna Landvik
Publisher: Univ Of Minnesota Press
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU