Saving CeeCee Honeycutt by Beth Hoffman

Saving CeeCee HoneycuttIt’s not unusual when a novel’s ending brings one to tears. Saving CeeCee Honeycutt, however, will have you shedding tears from the beginning, so brilliantly rendered is CeeCee’s situation of humiliation, loss, abandonment, and isolation. But don’t worry, CeeCee is soon rescued by a great aunt she never knew she had and is whisked away to beautiful and magical Savannah, Ga.

Here CeeCee will spend her summer among a collection of Southern women who are as wacky as they are endearing. The most stable of these women is Aunt Tootie, herself, along with her longtime housekeeper Oletta and they become the ballast around which CeeCee and all the others swirl. As the summer progresses, CeeCee gradually emerges from her shell and shows herself to be a resilient, intrepid, and thoroughly likeable young girl.

Under the tender watch of the women in her life, CeeCee begins to face the tragedy of her past and realizes there is freedom in that confrontation. During this summer CeeCee finds love among a special group of women and in doing so, finds herself. This is Beth Hoffman’s debut novel and it is destined to become a book club classic.

Pamela Dorman Books/Viking; ISBN 978-0-14311-857-2; $15.
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