I'm so happy to announce that on Monday, April 26th, I will welcome Todd Johnson, author of the novel, The Sweet By & By, to Book Club Girl on Air! In The Sweet By and By, Johnson tells the story of five southern women of different ages and from very different backgrounds whose lives come together in a journey of courage, hope, and humor.
Meet five North Carolina women who are about to change the way you think about friendship. For Rhonda, a gritty, fun-loving hairdresser in tight jeans, the sights and smells of Ridgecrest Nursing Center are depressing. But before she can change her mind about working there, two residents glue themselves to her: Margaret, droll and whip-smart, with a will of iron that never fails her even when her body does, and Bernice, an avid country music fan who is rarely lucid. Together with Lorraine, their church-going, God-questioning nurse, and her daughter, April, bright and ambitious, they lock arms in courage and humor for a journey that speaks to us all—of how we live and die, of how we love and forgive.
Kathryn Stockett, author of the New York Times bestseller The Help, says of The Sweet By and By “I am in love with this book -- the langugage, the story, the sass. Five women bickering, judging, loving, growing old together. You won’t stop laughing, even when your heart is hurting. Keep a pencil close -- you’ll be underlining all your favorite, funny lines.” Adriana Trigiani called it "heartfelt and stunning" and People magazine named it A Great Read for Your Book Club.
Browse inside The Sweet By and By, look for Todd Johnson on tour near you beginning next week, and check out the reading group guide. Set your reminder for the show on 4/26 at 7 pm ET here and the first ten people who comment that they'd like to participate in the show will receive a copy of the book to read in preparation!