What I’m Reading Now: Saving CeeCee Honeycutt

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From Amazon.com:

Momma always told CeeCee (short for Cecelia Rose) that “being in the North isn’t living—it’s absolute hell.” Of course, having to live with Momma—Camille Sugarbaker Honeycutt, that is, Vidalia Onion Queen, 1951—doesn’t make it any more heavenly, especially when Momma starts standing in the front yard blowing kisses to passersby.

You know this is going to end badly, and so it does, when the erstwhile onion queen is run over by a speeding Happy Cow Ice Cream Truck.

Before you can say “sweet magnolia blossoms,” 12-year-old CeeCee is sent off to Savannah to live with her elderly great aunt, Tallulah Caldwell, and her wise African American housekeeper and cook, Oletta.

It being 1967, you know there will be one dark episode of racial hatred, but it’s quickly—and conveniently—resolved offstage, leaving all the characters free to continue being relentlessly eccentric, upbeat, sweet as molasses, and living, as CeeCee puts it with a straight face, “in a breezy, flower-scented fairy tale . . . a strange, perfumed world that . . . seemed to be run entirely by women.”

Light as air but thoroughly pleasant reading. –Michael Cart

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2 thoughts on “What I’m Reading Now: Saving CeeCee Honeycutt

    Kiersten said:
    March 14, 2011 at 4:14 pm

    Just finished that 🙂

    LeeAnn Volk said:
    March 14, 2011 at 11:01 pm

    I really liked this book. Love the way the author writes, the tempo of the story, the crazy neighbors!

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