I'm thrilled to announce that on Wednesday, December 8th, I will welcome Beth Hoffman, author of the New York Times bestseller, Saving CeeCee Honeycutt, to Book Club Girl on Air! Saving CeeCee Honeycutt has been charming readers since it was first published earlier this year and the paperback edition is just on sale.
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.
Read an excerpt of Saving Cee Cee Honeycutt, check out the reading group guide and set a reminder for the show here. And, I have 10 copies of the paperback to give away to the first 10 people who comment that they'd like to participate in the show on December 8th at 7 pm ET, hope you're one of them!