Richard Horberg. Star Tribune photo by Jim Gehrz

Richard Horberg. Star Tribune photo by Jim Gehrz

A novel based on a long-time Minnesotan's memories of working as a teacher in a small town after World War II has been chosen as the Star Tribune's fourth summer serial novel.

"Stone Lake," by Richard Horberg, will run daily in the Star Tribune Variety section beginning Sunday, May 29, and will continue through the end of July.

The book will also be available as an e-book.

Horberg, who is 89 and lives in Roseville, is a retired University of Minnesota English professor. Here's a synopsis of the book, which is reminiscent of the small-town Minnesota novels of Jon Hassler:

Allen Post is fresh out of college and has left the Twin Cities for his first teaching job in the small town of Stone Lake, Minnesota. It's 1949 and as he steps into his future, he has $31 in his pocket and is driving a cranky old Chevy. Can he convince the high school kids in Stone Lake to love literature? Will Stone Lake take hold of him, or will he bolt for the Cities at the end of the year?  And what about the distractions of the girl he left behind, the yearning young divorcee and the dangerously tempting senior in his class? Allen Post is about to learn some of the most important lessons of his life.

Previous Star Tribune serials are "Giving up the Ghost," by Mary Logue; "Savage, Minnesota," by Cary J. Griffith; and "Under Ground," by Megan Marsnik. All books are available as e-books. Go here: ebooks.

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