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
I laughed and cried listening to this story. It's so well written and told by the narrator. I loved this story. It re-inforces by belief in the "Southern Hospitality" and kindness of others. More please, Beth!
A nice story, well set in the south, good characters, amusing. A good read, well read.
Well written story and narrated exceptionally well. Entertaining listen with moments of laughing out loud!Definitely recommend.
This was a very sweet story, with some very funny parts and yet some heart wrenching parts. I love this narrator, she makes the stories she reads feel so real.
The characterization started out to be interesting, but devolved into stereotypes, flat and two-dimensional. I really wanted to like the book, but eventually found the people just too relentlessly nice to be believed. If you want something really light, this is the one. But don't expect too much.
This was a story that drew me in! It's a journey of a young girls world of confusion dealing with an absent father and a mother who is deteriorating before the childs eyes but brings her into a new life that is filled with the love and guidence that she desperately needs. Each character is a delight and have their own stories to add to the world of CeeCee. Not quite a "coming of age" story as much a story of coming to realize that love and life lessons can be given to us from even unlikely caretakers we may find.
I was hoping for an entertaining, light-hearted story, and that's exactly what I got! There are some dark aspects concerning the child's past, but all in all, this is a pleasant story with a happy ending, just as I expected.
This is a great little story of surviving family hardship and the strength of women. Wonderful narration by Jenna Lamia (the best I have ever heard!!).
This book will be enjoyed by young and old alike. It was a great listen and I just adore the narration by Jenna Lamia. She is one of my favorite.
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