Steel Magnolias meets The Help in this Southern debut novel sparkling with humor, heart, and feminine wisdom.
Twelve-year-old CeeCee Honeycutt is in trouble. For years, she has been the caretaker of her psychotic mother, Camille-the tiara-toting, lipstick-smeared laughingstock of an entire town-a woman trapped in her long-ago moment of glory as the 1951 Vidalia Onion Queen. But when Camille is hit by a truck and killed, CeeCee is left to fend for herself. To the rescue comes her previously unknown great-aunt, Tootie Caldwell.
In her vintage Packard convertible, Tootie whisks CeeCee away to Savannah's perfumed world of prosperity and Southern eccentricity, a world that seems to be run entirely by women. From the exotic Miz Thelma Rae Goodpepper, who bathes in her backyard bathtub and uses garden slugs as her secret weapons, to Tootie's all-knowing housekeeper, Oletta Jones, to Violene Hobbs, who entertains a local police officer in her canary-yellow peignoir, the women of Gaston Street keep CeeCee entertained and enthralled for an entire summer.
Laugh-out-loud funny and deeply touching, Beth Hoffman's sparkling debut is, as Kristin Hannah says, "packed full of Southern charm, strong women, wacky humor, and good old-fashioned heart." It is a novel that explores the indomitable strengths of female friendship and gives us the story of a young girl who loses one mother and finds many others.
©2010 Beth Hoffman; (P)2010 Penguin Audiobooks
Follow your heart
Every character in this book was special to me, important in a different way. But I most identified with Ceecee, her struggle to make sense of things, to understand things as they were around her, and ultimately, her need to flee and get answers.
When she ultimately refused to go
Every single one. From beginning to end.
Every time I listen, the story, performances, have the same affect on me. For me, it is a powerful book about how even a little person's life is important enough to be saved from evil, harshness, or corruption, do not give up, do not stop trying. There will be a way for you too.
I read for fun, multiple genre's. I review from a normal person perspective, not a fancy critic analyzing every nuance and writing style.
I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this book. The narrator and author both did and outstanding job. Adults and teenage girls both will enjoy this story of Ceecee's life. Despite having a hard upbringing, the story is uplifting and fun. The story doesn't' drag. I was never bored with it. I always looked forward to getting in my car to go somewhere so I could listen to this book.
Jenna does such a fabulous job reading the story. I got the audible because I loved her so much with her reading of The Help. Turned out to be a fabulous book too!
Original story. You are always rooting for Ceecee.
Everything. She is phenomenal.
This is a positive book, that shows the strength of women, especially Southern women.
Centers around a 12 y old girl, w/bipolar mother who is 'rescued' by Aunt Tootie and
her friends. If you are crazy, helps to be rich! Also the resilience of some folks, in spite of tragedy.
I could associate with young Cee Cee Honeycutt. Maybe that's why I enjoyed the audiobook as much as I did. She was such a well developed character as were the many other people who touched the plot. I was upset to realize that this wasn't a series. I felt a little let down once it ended and I am hoping that Beth Hoffman will consider making this a series. There are definitely enough characters to warrant it and I would love to follow Cee Cee as she grows up in Savannah.
“Some books should be tasted, some devoured, but only a few should be chewed and digested thoroughly.” ― Francis Bacon
Touching book. Great story. I loved listening to it! I picked this book because Jenna Lamia was a narrator for the Help and I'm glad I did.
I very much enjoyed listening to Jenna Lamia narrate a story and she definitely doesn't disappoint here. The story is a wonderful coming of age
When I started listening to this one I had to go back and say, "Wasn't it described as a laugh out loud book"? The beginning was so tragic. My heart ached for Cee Cee. Then she went to Savannah and the laughs begin, not all laughs, but a lot of them. Read by the narrator of The Help, Jenna Lamia has a wondeful voice for this southern settings. All of the rich charachters of the woman around Cee Cee also reminded me of the Help.
wow this was a great read/listen. I have to admit the name drew me in -- but so glad i listened to it. Beth Hoffman writes a great story and Jenna Lamia (who i listened to before) was just wonderful. I hated when it was over. PS loved CeeCee's Aunt.
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