Author: Beth Hoffman, no relation to Alice that I can see though the writing style is similar.
Genre: Fiction, young adult. I'd say it was a comedy if it wasn't so tragic.
Setting: Mostly Savannah, Georgia - a place I've always wanted to visit.
Reason for Reading: It looked sweet and appealing - which it was.
Finished In: Days - which is good because it's a Speed Read.
Copyright Date: 2010
Cover: A hummingbird hovers at a pink trumpet flower under a white-painted cornice.
First line: "Momma left her red satin shoes in the middle of the road."
Themes: Mental illness, dysfunctional families, death, adultery, racism, gardening, Cinderella story.
Best part: The descriptions of the wacky ladies of Savannah.
Worst part: Some of CeeCee's choices really upset me. I wanted her to communicate more honestly even though I understood why she had a hard time trusting. But I guess that shows I was invested in the character.
Imaginary Theme Song: "The Night They Drove Ol' Dixie Down"
Grade: B+. A truly beautiful book.
Recommended for: Reading on the beach or the plane, with a supply of Kleenex.
Related Reads: The Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall - which is for a younger age group. Agnes and the Hit Man by Jennifer Crusie and Bob Mayer - which is for an older age group.