Saving CeeCee Honeycutt: A Novel
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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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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - akblanchard - LibraryThing
In 1967 wealthy Aunt Tootie rescues bookish 12 year old CeeCee after the girl's mentally-ill mother gets hit by a truck and her father runs away from the situation. CeeCee is spirited away to a female ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - AJBraithwaite - LibraryThing
I enjoyed this book. There was a strong sense of fairy tale about it, with words of wisdom sprinkled over the pages and a rags-to-riches story. The contrast between the cold North and the warm South ... Read full review