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The Land of 9,999 Lakes: A Novel [Kindle Edition]

Zubin J. Shroff

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A goofy, absurd satire about love, marriage, neighbors, and Minnesota...

The US state of Minnesota is known as the Land of 10,000 Lakes. So when Alexander and Alexandra Anderson decide to fill in their backyard lake, it unleashes a wave of emotion that shakes the town, the state, and eventually the nation itself.

But all big things start as small things, and the story of the Alex Andersons of Edina, Minnesota, is no different. They are native Minnesotans (which means they are of Swedish descent), and they get married soon after college. Children do not arrive in the first few years, and as our two Alexes grow up, it starts to become quite clear that while the husband Alex wants children, the wife Alex is a high-powered Lutheran lawyer and she wants none.

And this little bit of tension is the starting point for what is a funny and heartwarming (but mostly absurd) look at love, marriage, neighbors, and how the ripples from a tiny pebble dropped in a Minnesota lake can cause a flutter in a Swedish butterfly's wings (or something like that...).


Zubin J. Shroff was born in 1975 in India. He holds a BA in Philosophy from Lawrence University in Wisconsin and a Master's degree from Columbia University in New York City. He lives in Minnesota.

Product Details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2389 KB
  • Print Length: 239 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Four Circle Press (March 26 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00538TOTM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #626,977 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great fun. Nov. 20 2012
By Margaret E. Bond - Published on
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I've spent many happy summers at my family's lakeshore log cabin in Northern Minnesota, and have been proud to share one of the 10,000 lakes. So, of course I was horrified that someone might try to get rid of one of them, and HAD to read Zubin Schroff's "Land of 9,999 Lakes" to discover how and why. I was enthralled by his zany characters and original wit, and thoroughly enjoyed the experience.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious July 10 2012
By David - Published on
I came across this book while randomly browsing for something funny to read. I hit the jackpot! This is a hilarious novel that touches on some deeper issues. Makes a great summer read. Very quirky and fun. I looked forward to reading a little bit every day and now I'm going to check out some of his other books.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cleverly amusing story and writing style April 10 2012
By Jeia - Published on
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I must be honest. I picked up this book because I know the author. But I read it in one sitting and then immediately bought another one of his books because it tickled me so. Both the story and the writing style struck me as just so cleverly amusing. The primary story line is unquestionably inventive: A young husband and wife (both ingeniously named Alex Anderson, which makes for an entertaining anecdote of their meeting early in the book) in "the land of 10,000 lakes" (or Minnesota) decide to fill in a lake in their backyard stirring up all kinds of excitement in the neighborhood and beyond. But the author also skillfully weaves in an underlying story of the couple's bittersweet relationship that seems like it could be about an actual couple you know. Truly a pleasure to read!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars But can't recommend it. Dec 21 2012
By Thomas Utts - Published on
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Just not my sort of novel I guess this was recommended since
I really like J. Tropper. While this aims at the same audience in
my opinion it is a long way down the book shelf from his work.
It had its moments, but it also had a lot of misses.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not funny April 2 2013
By Gary Sawyer - Published on
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The book was supposed to be humorous. The idea is funny, but this isn't a funny book. It's actually a pretty terrible parody of suburban life.

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