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With spirited humor and empathy, Landis intertwines the stories of Rose, who is in denial of her terminal illness, and Ruth, who possesses the energy of rose in her younger days.
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Ruth thinks she has found her ticket out of Tennessee by eloping with a stereo salesman, but soon he "gets religion," and Ruth leaves. When she faints in a North Carolina five-and-dime, Rose, a fiesty elderly reporter, rescues her, beginning a friendship stronger than family ties. With spirited humor and empathy, Landis intertwines the stories of Rose, who is in denial of her terminal illness, and Ruth, who posesses the energy of Rose in her younger days.
1. "A remarkable tale of a special friendship...told here with a refreshing new voice...[Ruth] could be a distant family relation of Huck Finn, who went looking for the meaning of life."
2. "Whether you're home or abroad, the warmth and charm of these women's lives will transform your beach grass into kudzu and expand that horizon stretching out in front of you."
3. "Extraordinarily engaging...a new voice for Southern America."
4. "Certain to be catapulted into the league of such writers as Fannie Flag, Bobbie Ann Mason, and Billie Letts."
5. "Chock full of colorful characters...full of insight, pathos and what Rose might call 'hard sayings."'
Catherine Landis's sweet southern tale, about a young woman's unlikely friendship with the town eccentric, is the perfect beach read. "Marie Clare"
Catherine Landis's debut novel is a sweet, sassy and tart story. "Bookpage"
First time novelist Catherine Landis has created an extraordinaryily engaging read in her new novel. "The Tampa Tribune"
Catherine Landis writes with the flare that characterizes the best of modern-day Southern writers. "The Knoxville News-Sentinel""
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