Our Lady of the Prairie by Thisbe Nissen

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Our Lady of the Prairie Read Online Free - A sharp and bitingly funny novel about a professor whose calm-ish midwestern life gives way to a vortex of crises—and her attempts to salvage the pieces without going to pieces herself

In the space of a few torrid months on the Iowa prairie, Phillipa Maakestad—long-married theater professor and mother of an unstable daughter—grapples with a life turned upside down. After falling headlong into a passionate affair during a semester spent teaching in Ohio, Phillipa returns home to Iowa for her daughter Ginny’s wedding. There, Phillipa must endure (among other things) a wedding-day tornado, a menace of a mother-in-law who may or may not have been a Nazi collaborator, and the tragicomic revenge fantasies of her heretofore docile husband.

Naturally, she does what any newly liberated woman would do: she takes a match to her life on the prairie and then steps back to survey the wreckage.

Set in the seething political climate of a contentious election,Thisbe Nissen's new novel is sexy, smart, and razor-sharp—a freight train barreling through the heart of the land and the land of the heart. 

Title : Our Lady of the Prairie
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ISBN : 1328662071
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 368 pages


Larry rated it ★★★★☆

December 22, 2017

"So much of this life we spend holding ourselves together, when all we're really looking for is someone who might undo us completely." Theater professor Phillipa Maakestad is finally settling into her life. Married for years to fellow theater professor Michael, they struggled for years with their...

Jay rated it ★★★★★

March 01, 2017

FULL DISCLOSURE: The author of this novel deigned to marry me about a decade ago, so I'm eagerly biased, but the reason she said "I do" was because of my very eager biases. With that out of the way, OUR LADY OF THE PRAIRIE, a dozen years in the making, is the best, most ambitious fiction Thisbe Ni...

Mithila rated it ★★★★☆

January 21, 2018

When I picked this book up, I felt that it would not be my cup of tea. The start of the story felt a bit bumpy, and I couldn't wait to DNF the book. But, this book was featured in Chicago Review of Books's "Most Anticipated Reads of 2018", and I wanted to plough through the book and figure out wh...

Janet rated it ★★★★★

December 04, 2017

Bitingly funny while also being very thought-provoking, Thisbe Nissen's OUR LADY OF THE PRAIRIE will appeal to fans of WHERE'D YOU GO, BERNADETTE? who may identify with a protagonist who is at a crossroads and has to decide what sort of life she wants to lead.

Dottie rated it ★★★★★

October 27, 2017

Written with a keen wit and clever turn of phrase, Thisbe Nissen’s Our Lady of the Prairie looks at what happens when a 50 year old woman with a life that looks like it will finally be stable after years of upheaval with a very challenged daughter discovers the “love of her life” and jumps into a...

Sarah rated it ★★★★☆

February 08, 2018

I really liked this Our Lady of the Prairie, despite a couple problems I had with it. Problems first: 1) This book felt SO long! For whatever reason it took me way longer to read than most 350 page books. This is terrible, I guess, since I liked being in the world of the book, but it felt like it d...

Tess rated it ★★★★★

December 29, 2017

This wonderful quirky, funny, and ambitious novel was a surprise delight from author Thisbe Niseen. The protagonist, Phillipa Maakestad, is a rich and truly human character. Nissen’s writing made me feel like she was a friend confiding in me her deepest secrets, all tinged with laugh out loud wit...

Peebee rated it ★★☆☆☆

January 27, 2018

From the description, I thought I would really enjoy this book, but it was really kind of a trainwreck. I'm the same age as the protagonist Philippa, so it seemed like the kind of "hen lit" that I've aged into, and it was billed as a funny book. But it was rather depressing instead. Philippa is a...

Emily rated it ★★★★★

January 31, 2018

This book was so beautifully written - it was both a pleasure to read as well as this incredibly crafted story. Always finding the right balance of humor and seriousness, the main character's struggles to contain the increasingly out of control pieces of her life, set in the backdrop of the Bush/...

Kirsten rated it ★★★★★

September 03, 2017

what a treat to read another thisbe nissen novel -- her characters are sharply drawn and achingly human. this story rings true as both a family drama and (near and far) historical fiction. and i am 100% in favor of magnificent perimenopausal heroines in contemporary fiction.

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