The classic novel of a small Minnesota town—and of one school teacher who calls it home This utterly charming, deeply poignant debut remains perhaps the signature achievement of beloved novelist Jon Hassler—once hailed by The New York Times as "a writer good enough to restore your faith in fiction." It's the story of a week in the life of Miles Pruitt, a thirty-five-year-old bachelor who teaches high school English in Staggerford, Minnesota. And though it is only a week, it's an extraordinary week, filled with the poetry of living, the sweetness of expectation, and the glory of surprise that can change a life forever.
Praise for Staggerford "Witty, intelligent, compassionate . . . an absolutely smashing first novel."—The Plain Dealer "You'll remember it for a long time."—The MinneapolisTribune
"One of the year's truly freshly conceived and carried out novels, one whose not always so gentle ironies address themselves to a broader range of life than is to be found in Staggerford, Minnesota."—The Kansas City Star
"A thoroughly convincing X-ray vision of small-town life . . . so sincere, so true, so honest with itself, and so very, very funny that a reader often has to wipe the tears out of the corners of his eyes before he can—as he must—read on."—The Houston Post "Very entertaining . . . [Miles is] one of the most likable protagonists of modern fiction."—The Pittsburgh Press "Staggerford, Minnesota, is a town out of control. It is as weird and convoluted as any lover of comic fiction could wish."—Boston Herald American