Monday, March 7, 2011

Moss Bluff Book Chat: March 1, 2011

Below is a summary of our discussion on our February “Book of the Month:” Saving CeeCee Honeycutt by Beth Hoffman.

Beth Hoffman’s impressive debut novel Saving CeeCee Honeycutt follows the story of the titular character after she loses her mentally-ill mother and is transplanted from Ohio to Georgia in the 1960s. While in the care of her Great-Aunt Tootie, Ceecee meets several strong, but often eccentric, Savannah women.

The group praised the novel in unison. They all greatly enjoyed the book and noted Hoffman’s talent for creating vivid and rich characters, especially Oletta -- Tootie’s African-American cook who forms a strong bond with CeeCee.

They also commended Hoffman for her well-blended mix of humor and tragedy: while predominantly delightful, the novel could be deeply moving at times. Even more remarkable was the universal appeal of the novel to our group, which consists of many general fiction readers in addition to those with preferences in genres such as mystery and suspense.

If you’ve already read Saving CeeCee Honeycutt, feel free to share your thoughts on the novel in the comments. Agree or disagree with the Book Club? Let us know!

For those interested, our next “Book of the Month” will be If the Devil Had a Wife by Frank Mills and Rebecca Stark Nugent. We’ll be discussing it on April 5th. Please contact the Moss Bluff branch for more information.

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