The Book of Polly

The Book of Polly

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Willow Havens is ten years old and obsessed with the fear that her mother will die. Her mother, Polly, is a cantankerous, take-no-prisoners Southern woman who lives to shoot varmints, drink margaritas, and antagonize the neighbors-and she sticks out like a sore thumb among the young modern mothers of their small conventional Texas town. She was in her late fifties when Willow was born, so Willow knows she's here by accident, a late-life afterthought. Willow's father died before she was born, her much older brother and sister are long grown and gone and failing elsewhere. It's just her and bigger-than-life Polly. Willow is desperately hungry for clues to the family life that preceded her, and especially Polly's life pre-Willow. Why did she leave her hometown of Bethel, Louisiana, fifty years ago and vow never to return? Who is Garland Jones, her long-ago suitor who possibly killed a man? And will Polly be able to outrun the Bear, the illness that finally puts her on a collision course with her past? The Book of Polly has a kick like the best hot sauce, and a great blend of humor and sadness, pathos and hilarity. This is a bittersweet novel about the grip of love in a truly quirky family and you'll come to know one of the most unforgettable mother-daughter duos you've ever met.
Publisher: New York, New York : Pamela Dorman Books/Viking, [2017]
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780399562099
0399562095
Branch Call Number: HEP
Characteristics: 322 pages

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debwalker Mar 02, 2018

Costco’s influential book buyer, Pennie Clark Ianniciello, picks The Book of Polly by Kathy Hepinstall (Penguin), writing “I dare any reader not to be charmed by Polly. I cannot remember the last time a character so made me want to summon her into existence.”

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Jun 28, 2017

This novel takes the reader on an emotional roller-coaster : tragi-comedy at its best !
The genuine naivete of the youngest characters clashes with the sarcastic wisdom of
the adults and the result is explosive ! A delightful summer read !

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