Tumbleweeds by Leila Meacham
A Novel

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Recently orphaned, eleven-year-old Cathy Benson feels she has been dropped into a cultural and intellectual wasteland when she is forced to move from her academically privileged life in California to the small town of Kersey in the Texas Panhandle where the sport of football reigns supreme. She is quickly taken under the unlikely wings of up-and-coming gridiron stars and classmates John Caldwell and Trey Don Hall, orphans like herself, with whom she forms a friendship and eventual love triangle that will determine the course of the rest of their lives. Taking the three friends through their growing up years until their high school graduations when several tragic events uproot and break them apart, the novel expands to follow their careers and futures until they reunite in Kersey at forty years of age. Told with all of Meacham's signature drama, unforgettable characters, and plot twists, readers will be turning the pages, desperate to learn how it all plays out.

About Leila Meacham

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Leila Meacham is a writer and former teacher who lives in San Antonio, Texas. She is the author of the bestselling novels Roses and Tumbleweeds.
Published June 19, 2012 by Grand Central Publishing. 483 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Romance. Fiction

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one wonders what to do with a sentence such as, “The way he’d always thought of her had vanished as suddenly and completely as the boy’s make-believe playmate in the song ‘Puff, the Magic Dragon.’ ” Beg pardon?

May 24 2012 | Read Full Review of Tumbleweeds: A Novel

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Meacham (Roses) explores a small-town love triangle against the backdrop of Texas football in her overblown latest.

May 28 2012 | Read Full Review of Tumbleweeds: A Novel


I booted it up and found to my astonishment that my editor was on-line with the question, “How about TUMBLEWEED?” I don’t know her reaction, but I have a feeling she nearly fell out of her chair when I e-mailed back at that hour of the night (it was 4:00 EST) and wrote: “Add an s and make the wor...

Jun 18 2012 | Read Full Review of Tumbleweeds: A Novel

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We know that Trey and John have not spoken for decades, leaving us to wonder what on earth could have happened to their once-tight friendship --- and turning pages late into the night in order to find out.

Jun 22 2012 | Read Full Review of Tumbleweeds: A Novel

Dallas News

I love it when a book starts like this: “The call he’d been expecting for twenty-two years came at midnight when he was working late at his desk.

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"Meacham's second sprawling novel is as large as Texas itself.

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