Lake City

Lake City

A Novel

Book - 2019 | First Counterpoint paperback edition
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Hunkered down in his childhood bedroom in Seattle's worn-out Lake City neighborhood, idealistic but self-serving striver Lane Bueche licks his wounds and hatches a plot to win back his estranged Manhattanite wife. He discovers a precarious path forward when he is contracted by a wealthy adoptive couple to seduce and sabotage a troubled birth mother from his neighborhood. Lane soon finds himself in a zero-sum game between the families as he straddles two cultures, classes, and worlds. Until finally, with the well-being of the toddler at stake, Lane must choose between wanting to do the right thing (if he could only figure out what that is) and reclaiming his life of privilege.
Publisher: Berkeley, CA :, Counterpoint,, 2019
Edition: First Counterpoint paperback edition
ISBN: 9781640091429
Branch Call Number: F KOH
Characteristics: 304 pages ; 21 cm

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rlbeekman
Oct 24, 2019

Dark but funny novel about a loser/poser, who gets himself into a complete ethical mess but finally struggles toward a modicum of honesty. Especially amusing to residents of north Seattle for the detailed depiction of the terrain and businesses along Lake City Way circa 2001. Among the delights of the depictions of the old Washington State Liquor Store, the now departed University Trailer Park, Dick's Drive-in, the Rimrock Restaurant, and above all, the Fred Meyer Super Store, the reader will never be able to look at turkey lunch meat the same way again.

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bayernjes
Apr 03, 2019

I really enjoyed this book, the lead character is a total dipsh*t. I've known so many guys like him, but I've never read a book about one. It was fun to be inside his head.

I think the author overdid the Seattle references but, he did a great job of capturing characters.

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mrsbarker
Mar 15, 2019

Good job, Author! Having lived a block off Lake City Way for the past 23 years, I recognized my neighborhood in every hilarious chapter. Hilarious but also depressing because while there is some improvement, poor Lake City is definitely not any different than it is depicted in this book. The characters are well drawn, the plot is deeply rooted in its location and it is absolutely perfect. I picked the book up at the library on the way home from work and finally finished it at midnight, couldn't put it down. Lane is a pretentious dirtbag but somehow you end up really caring for everyone in the book. Here in 2019, the old trailer park is gone, sad to say because it looked like a park from LCW, full of big old trees that were all torn town. Every blade of grass and every twig was ripped up and replaced with a soulless townhouse development. Nice that it lives on in this engrossing book.

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GummiGirl
Mar 08, 2019

Lots of local color for anyone familiar with this Seattle neighborhood (RIP, University Trailer Park). Note that this book is set in 2001 and that although the local Fred Meyer and Dick's are mostly unchanged, the Lake City Library has been remodeled and is much nicer now.

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