Saving CeeCee Honeycutt, Beth Hoffman


Saving CeeCee Honeycutt

Author: Beth Hoffman

First Edition: Viking, 2010

This edition: Kindle edition, Viking 2010

Original language: English




“Twelve-year-old CeeCee Honeycutt is in trouble. For years, she has been the caretaker of her psychotic mother, Camille-the tiara-toting, lipstick-smeared laughingstock of an entire town-a woman trapped in her long-ago moment of glory as the 1951 Vidalia Onion Queen. But when Camille is hit by a truck and killed, CeeCee is left to fend for herself. To the rescue comes her previously unknown great-aunt, Tootie Caldwell.

In her vintage Packard convertible, Tootie whisks CeeCee away to Savannah‘s perfumed world of prosperity and Southern eccentricity, a world that seems to be run entirely by women. From the exotic Miz Thelma Rae Goodpepper, who bathes in her backyard bathtub and uses garden slugs as her secret weapons, to Tootie’s all- knowing housekeeper, Oletta Jones, to Violene Hobbs, who entertains a local police officer in her canary-yellow peignoir, the women of Gaston Street keep CeeCee entertained and enthralled for an entire summer.

Laugh-out-loud funny and deeply touching, Beth Hoffman’s sparkling debut is, as Kristin Hannah says, “packed full of Southern charm, strong women, wacky humor, and good old-fashioned heart.” It is a novel that explores the indomitable strengths of female friendship and gives us the story of a young girl who loses one mother and finds many others.”



 “Life is full of change, honey.  That’s how we learn and grow.”

“When a chapter of your Life Book is complete, your spirit know its time to turn the page, so a new chapter can begin.  Even when you’re scared or when you think you’re not ready, your spirit knows you are.”

“the powerful undertow of beauty,”

“Forgiveness has a whole lot more to do with the person doing the forgiving than it did with the person in need of forgiveness.”

“I don’t mean to lie, I just remember big.”

“What’s the difference between eccentric and crazy?”

“If you want to glow like you’re lit from within, CeeCee, wear pearls and a pale pink sweater.”

“Oysters are a lot like women.  It’s how we survive the hurts in life that brings us strength and gives us our beauty.”



ABSOLUTELY LOVED THIS NOVEL!  If you liked The Help and Steel Magnolias, this book is for you.  I loved the idea of a Life Book, of doing something “for ugly’s sake,” the bond among the women, the Southern hospitality, the traveling bra! The black boomerang of karma, finding men like high heeled shoes, not growing up too fast; this book was beautiful.  I loved that the only man that ever really appears in the novel, and only for a brief time, is CeeCee’s dad.  I love that world of and for women, where women are strong and beautiful in so many ways.  I CRIED my eyes out.  Definitely a new favorite and one I highly recommend.

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