Monday, January 30, 2012
Saving CeeCee Honeycutt
I just finished reading Saving CeeCee Honeycutt by Beth Hoffman for book club. I believe it is her first novel. CeeCee's mother is from the south but she fell in love and moved to Ohio with CeeCee's father. Her dad travels often and her mother is not happy there. At 7 years of age she begins to realize that her mom is a bit eccentric and lives in the past glory of her reign as the Vidalia Onion Queen of Georgia. Actually the mother has a mental illness that her dad is ignoring because he is seldom home and CeeCee bears the brunt of taking care of her mother and suffers the consequences of her psychosis. She retreats into her books and spends time with an elderly neighbor as much as she can, she has no friends, the children and town people laugh at her. When she is about 9 or 10 her mother is hit by a car as she walks in the street wearing a ball gown on the way to Goodwill to buy more gowns. Her father returns and sends her to live with an aunt in Savannah Georgia. When she lives there she is loved and develops relationships with the women in her life, some eccentric, but all are strong women. CeeCee blossoms in this environment. It's a good book and I know one of the Lit Wit's loved it....I'll see what the rest think of it on Tuesday night.