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Tourists and Temporary Residents in Three Very Different Books

January 3, 2018

Camembert is a mouse who lives in the linen closet of a hotel in a French harbor town, until all the guests leave so he can settle in the best room.  Camembert was written by Indiana native Nancy De Angelis in 1958.  Without spoiling the plot, Camembert has to come to terms with sharing his hotel.  Much more recent, The Lake, the River & the Other Lake  by Steve Amick is set in Michigan's Northwest lower peninsula where an ongoing theme is the resentment of the long term residents towards the "Fudgies" and seasonal residents who visit for three months in the summer.  Gail Tsukiyama is an American novelist from San Francisco, California.  Her novel, The Samurai's Garden, could not be set further from the American mid-west taking place in World War II era Japan.   While international, family, and personal  conflicts explode, Tsukiyama took the time to treat the issue of the warm weather tourists at the beach side setting and how they were perceived by the local lake house owners who were themselves temporary residents.

 

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