Press kit for Star Lake Saloon and Housekeeping Cottages

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The University of Wisconsin Press
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News for Immediate Release: 8 May 2006
Contact: Publicity Manager
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 the cover of Sara Rath's book is illustrated by a photo of a woman's shapely legs dangling out of a small boat on a Wisconsin Lake.

Cold Fish, Hot Flashes, and Love
In a Stormy Season on Star Lake
Acclaimed novel now available in paperback

"A diversion as pleasant as a quiet summer day at the lakeshore"–Publishers Weekly

"Readers will enjoy how Rath has thrown in a bit of everything–mystery, family drama, love story, and comedy–and will certainly like getting to know Hannah as she fights big business, hot flashes, and her own resistance to this wild and lovely place."–Donna Seaman, Booklist

Star Lake Saloon and Housekeeping Cottages
A Novel
Sara Rath
Publication Date: August 1, 2006
ISBN: 0-299-21524-5, $16.95

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In this first novel from award-winning writer Sara Rath, Hannah Swann must stop hiding from real challenges when she faces the dual intrigues of love and environmental politics as the proprietor of a summer resort in northern Wisconsin.

When her black-sheep uncle dies, Hannah inherits the financial time bomb that was his run-down fishing lodge, and her bumpy takeover as innkeeper proves to be a far cry from her usual routine, which was filled with irrational hang-ups, a quirky affair with a married professor and a strained yet candid relationship with her college-age daughter. Hannah plans to sell the resort and escape as soon as she can, but this plan is complicated when a suspiciously eager buyer turns out to be an international mining company with nefarious plans. Uncle Hal's activist friends pressure her to stay and keep the resort viable for the summer season, at least.

As she reluctantly operates Star Lake Saloon and Housekeeping Cottages while trapped in the midst of a treacherous dispute between Ingold Mining and anti-mining activists, a new and curious aspect of Hannah's personality emerges.

Through this humorous and neatly plotted adventure with its appealing characters and lyrical depictions of nature, Hannah encounters the inevitability of change as she battles final acceptance of the remarkable woman she has become and the scenic solitude of her new home.

Sara Rath is the author of four volumes of poetry and five nonfiction books, including The Complete Cow. She has also written for television and film. She lives in Spring Green, Wisconsin.

Also available:
Hardcover (ISBN 0-299-21520-2; $24.95); Abridged Audiobook (ISBN: 0-299-22100-8; $34.95)

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