Looking Back... In an effort to transfer my book journal entries over to this blog, I'm going to attempt to post (in chronological order) an entry every Friday. I may or may not add extra commentary to what I jotted down in these journals.
January 22, 2021
Looking Back - The Honk and Holler Opening Soon
1999 Grand Central Publishing (first published 1998)
Read in March 2000
Rating: 4.5/5 (Very Good)
Caney Paxton wanted his cafe to have the biggest and brightest sign in Eastern Oklahoma-the "opening soon" part was supposed to be just a removable, painted notice. But a fateful misunderstanding gave Vietnam vet Caney the flashiest joke in the entire state.
Twelve years later, the once-busy highway is dead and the sign is as worn as Caney, who hasn't ventured outside the diner since it opened. Then one blustery December day, a thirtyish Crow woman blows in with a three-legged dog in her arms and a long-buried secret on her mind. Hiring on as a carhop, Vena Takes Horse is soon shaking up business, the locals, and Caney's heart...as she teaches them all about generosity of spirit, love, and the possibility of promise-just like the sign says.
My Original Thoughts (2000):
Fantastic book! I think I enjoyed it even more than Where the Heart Is. Wonderful, quirky characters. Memorable and humorous. Letts is a great storyteller.
My Current Thoughts:
While I don't remember the details of this novel, I do remember that it was one I loved and one that I have always planned to read again. This is my year for rereading, so it's going on the stack!
I have read all four of Billie Letts' novels and would love to read more, but sadly, she passed away in 2014. Click on the titles for my reviews of her later books.