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The Book Of Polly: A Novel

The Book Of Polly: A Novel

The ... story of a girl determined to keep up with her aging, crazy-as-a-fox mother and learn the truth of her mother's long-secret past --

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ISBN 9780399562099
Barcode 9780399562099
Published 15 March 2017 by Penguin
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Hepinstall, Kathy
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ISBN-13 9780399562099
ISBN-10 0399562095
Stock Available
Status Indent title (internationally sourced), usually ships 4-6 weeks
Publisher Penguin
Imprint Penguin Putnam Inc
Publication Date 15 March 2017
Publication Country United States United States
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Hepinstall, Kathy
Category Modern Fiction
Number of Pages 336
Dimensions Width: 161mm
Height: 236mm
Spine: 28mm
Weight 528g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Mothers and daughters, Domestic fiction, Bildungsromans, Texas, Family secrets
NBS Text General & Literary Fiction
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 813.6
Catalogue Code 727392

Description of this Book

The laugh-out-loud story of a girl determined to keep up with her aging, crazy-as-a-fox mother and learn the truth of her mother s long-secret past 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.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review The liveliest, loveliest literary mother-daughter combo since <i>Terms of Endearment. . . The Book of Polly</i> has heart and humor, revenge, forgiveness, redemption and a larger than life cast of pitch-perfect characters who bring to mind such Southern literary standard-bearers as Lee Smith and Fannie Flagg. Get ready to fall in love. <b>--Mary Kay Andrews, <i>New York Times</i>bestselling author of<i>The Weekenders</b> <i>The Book of Polly</i> concerns one girl s search for a miracle, and the book is kind of a miracle, too. Wonderfully funny, sneaky and involving, the characters in this story are unpredictable and outrageous. If you ever pined for a mother who would take a hunting falcon as her wingman to a parent-teacher conference, Polly is the gal for you. This book is delicious as much fun as Where d You Go, Bernadette? and purely Southern-fried, to boot. <b>--Mark Childress, author of<i>Crazy in Alabama</i></b>
UK Review Bertrams Star Rating: 2 stars (out of 5)

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Author's Bio

Kathy Hepinstall grew up in Spring, Texas, near the Louisiana border. Polly is based, in part, on Kathy's own mother, who has as wicked a tongue as her fictional counterpart. Kathy now lives in Portland, Oregon, and Santa Barbara, California.

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