I have small-town envy.
I wouldn't be caught dead living too far from good bookstores, restaurants, or movie houses. I'd rather poke myself in the eye with a sharp stick than grow a garden. I much prefer the anonymity of a classy hotel to the coziness of the most lauded bed-and-breakfast. And I prefer not to know my neighbors.
Still... Completely against my citified type, reading a Jon Hassler novel gives me sharp pangs of "I wish I lived there." Especially when "there" is the fictional Minnesota town of Staggerford.
THE STAGGERFORD FLOOD takes place in the small town introduced in Hassler's first novel STAG