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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.
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The novel’s society is almost exclusively female and generally quirky, ranging from Tootie’s eccentric elderly friends to her feuding neighbors.| Read Full Review of Saving CeeCee Honeycutt: A Novel
New friends, new family, and new experiences pave the way for CeeCee to realize her own dreams…Something she had never imagined possible.Feb 23 2011 | Read Full Review of Saving CeeCee Honeycutt: A Novel
The time and patience they bestow on CeeCee allow her to vent her frustrations over her lost childhood and to mourn the death of her mother.Jul 06 2011 | Read Full Review of Saving CeeCee Honeycutt: A Novel
Poor CeeCee has developed into a bright student whose best friend is Nancy Drew and whose only mother figure is the tottering Mrs. Odell, who loves CeeCee like a grandchild but is just too old to offer anything more helpful than Sunday morning pancakes.Oct 26 2010 | Read Full Review of Saving CeeCee Honeycutt: A Novel
Please tell us: How does the city/state/region/province where you live have an impact on your personality or the way you live your life?Dec 01 2010 | Read Full Review of Saving CeeCee Honeycutt: A Novel
VERDICT: "Exemplifying Southern storytelling at its best, this coming-of-age novel is sure to be a hit with the book clubs that adopted Sue Monk Kidd's The Secret Life of Bees.Oct 01 2009 | Read Full Review of Saving CeeCee Honeycutt: A Novel
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