Nowhere but Home: A Novel

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HarperCollins, Apr 2, 2013 - Fiction - 304 pages
16 Reviews

The strategy on the gridiron of Friday Night Lights is nothing compared to the savagery of coming home . . .

Queenie Wake has just been fired from her job as a chef for not allowing a customer to use ketchup . . . again. Now the only place she has to go is North Star, Texas, the hometown she left in disgrace. Maybe things will be different this time around. After all, her mother—notorious for stealing your man, your car, and your rent money—has been dead for years. And Queenie's sister, once the local teenage harlot who fooled around with the town golden boy, is now the mother of the high school football captain.

Queenie's new job, cooking last meals at the nearby prison, is going well . . . at least the inmates don't complain! But apparently small-town Texas has a long memory for bad reputations. And when Queenie bumps into Everett Coburn, the high school sweetheart who broke her heart, she wishes her own memory was a little spottier. But before Queenie takes another chance on love, she'll have to take an even bigger risk: finding a place to call home once and for all.

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The ending was a good one. - Goodreads
Palmer's writing is so subtle yet digs so deep. - Goodreads
Queenie making the last meals was touching to me. - Goodreads
I was happy with the ending. - Goodreads

Nowhere but Home

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After losing the most recent in a string of restaurant jobs, Queenie Wade returns home to live with her sister in the small Texas town where they grew up and were ostracized because of their mother's reputation. The perils of coming home again are showcased to humorous effect. (LJ 3/15/13) Read full review

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User Review  - Gina - Goodreads

Recommended by a friend and really liked it in that "wrapped up all pretty in a bow" and stuff kind of way- always a bonus when they incorporate cooking good food into the mix! Read full review

About the author (2013)

Liza Palmer is the author of the international bestseller Conversations with the Fat Girl, as well as Seeing Me Naked, A Field Guide to Burying Your Parents, and More Like Her. An Emmy-nominated writer, she lives in Los Angeles, California, and is hard at work on her next novel and several film and television projects.

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