Happy ending

Saving Ceecee
by Beth Hoffman
Sometimes books appear in our lives in strange ways. Since I
work in a library, often the way I discover books is dead boring: I read a
review, I place a hold, end of story.
But… since I work in a library, sometimes the ways I discover books is much more interesting than
that. This book—Saving Ceecee Honeycutt—was
a recommendation from an unknown patron. (Unknown, because the patron suggested
the book to the librarians who were at the reference desk at that moment, and
then asked that they pass the recommendation along to me, too.)
It was the right book at the right time.
This here’s a comfort book, people. And a sisterhood book.
Young Ceecee is being raised by her schizophrenic mother, who then
dies. And so Ceecee’s shipped south (we’re talking Georgia here) to live with her
And that could be the beginning of one of those terrible-childhood
stories, but instead it’s the beginning of the better part of Ceecee’s life. Her
great-aunt and her cook Oletta are good people. And suddenly Ceecee
gets herself a real childhood.
There’s stuff here about race relations, too, given that the
book’s set in the South sometime around the ’50s/’60s, which makes this book
not all sunshine and roses. There’s some grimness.
But the fairy tale nature of the book shines through, and I can
tell you there’s a happy ending here, without having ruined the book for you.
This book—like my life—is filled with the power of the goodness of
women and the strength of the bonds of sisterhood. 
It’s as soothing as a day at
the spa (says the person who’s never spent a day at a spa; but I’m imagining
it’s so).

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