Dunedin Athenaeum and Mechanics Institute

Book: Tom Lake (August 2023)

By Ann Patchett

August 29, 2023

This is a story about Peter Duke who went on to be a famous actor.

This is a story about falling in love with Peter Duke who wasn’t famous at all.

It’s about falling so wildly in love with him – the way one will at twenty-four – that it felt like jumping off a roof at midnight.

There was no way to foresee the mess it would come to in the end.

It’s spring and Lara’s three grown daughters have returned to the family orchard.  While picking cherries, they beg their mother to tell them the one story they’ve always longed to hear – of the film star with whom she shared a stage, and a romance years before.

Both hopeful and elegiac, Tom Lake explores what it means to be happy even when the world is falling apart.

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