The Lost Queen of Crocker County

The Lost Queen of Crocker County

A Novel

Book - 2018
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For fans of books like THE READERS OF BROKEN WHEEL RECOMMEND, a feel-good story of going home again to get things right.

Crocker County crowns a new Corn Queen every year, but Jane Willow's the one you would remember. She can't forget Iowa, either. Even though she fled to LA to become a film critic years ago, home was always there behind her.

But when a family tragedy happens, she's forced to drive backto Crocker County. The rolling farmlands can't much hide the things she left behind: the best friend she abandoned who now runs a meatloaf hotline, the childhood front porch that sits hauntingly empty, and that fiasco of a Corn Fest that spun her life in a different direction.

Before Jane can escape her past a second time, disaster strikes, and she will have to find a way to right her mistakes and save herself from her regrets. An unflinchingly love letter to the Midwest thatunfolds through a celebration of movies, this ferociously endearing novel brings home the saving grace of second chances.

Publisher: Naperville, Illinois :, Sourcebooks Landmark,, [2018]
ISBN: 9781492663799
Branch Call Number: FICTION Leiknes 2018
Characteristics: 328 pages ; 21cm


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Jul 24, 2018

Jane Willow ran away from True City, Iowa at 18 and became a famous, acid-tongued movie reviewer in Los Angeles. When she returns home 18 years later to bury her parents, her past comes rushing back in painful, bittersweet bursts. Convinced she's caused a horrible accident, Jane hangs around trying to make amends. Anyone's who has taken a film history class will enjoy Jane's tendency to view life in movie terms and analogies. Even before I looked on an Iowa map to see where she grew up, I knew it was western Iowa from her references to Nebraska. I was more surprised to learn that she grew up in Buena Vista County where I had just spent a long weekend for my niece's college graduation. All the corn references were spot on -- planting was just getting started when I was there in May. There are laugh-out-loud scenes in this book as well as an ending that could hint of a sequel.


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