I have a very important Sunday Tidbit for you to kick off 2010. This is my review of a debut novel that I think will be one of the hottest books of the year, Beth Hoffman's Saving CeeCee Honeycutt. January 12th is the official release date date for the book, but I don't want you to forget about it. Order it now; get on the waiting list; plan to see Beth Hoffman if she comes to your town. Her publisher is excited about Saving CeeCee Honeycutt, and they have quite a book tour planned. Very nice for a debut novel!
I originally reviewed this book for Library Journal, but I was so impressed with the characters and the story, that I contacted Beth after the review appeared. Tomorrow, I'll introduce you to her, through an interview. I'm going out on a limb here, predicting that Saving CeeCee Honeycutt will be one of the most popular books for book groups during the year.
As a reminder, here's my original review of Saving CeeCee Honeycutt, reprinted, with permission, as it appeared it Library Journal. I hope you stop by tomorrow to "meet" Beth Hoffman.
Hoffman, Beth. Saving CeeCee Honeycutt. Pamela Dorman Bks: Viking. Jan. 2010. c.320p. ISBN 9780670021390. $25.95. F
In Hoffman's charming debut, Cecelia Rose (CeeCee) Honeycutt tells the story of her tragic life and the strong women who stepped in to save her. At age 12, CeeCee realizes her mother, flouncing around Willoughby, OH, in prom dresses and matching shoes, is crazy and the town's laughingstock. Her father is never home, and nothing is going to change so CeeCee buries herself in books as an escape. But her true liberation comes after her mother's tragic death when great-aunt Tootie sweeps CeeCee off to Savannah. There, a group of powerful, independent women offer the young girl love, laughter, and a new chance at life. Readers who enjoy strong female characters will appreciate CeeCee, a survivor despite her heartbreaking childhood, and Aunt Tootie and her friends, all of them steel magnolias. VERDICT Exemplifying Southern storytelling at its best, this coming-of-age novel is sure to be a hit with the book clubs that adopted Sue Monk Kidd's The Secret Life of Bees. Interestingly enough, both novels share the same editor. [Prepub Alert, LJ 9/15/09.]—Lesa Holstine, Glendale P.L., AZ
Copyright © 2009 Cahners Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. Reprinted with permission.
Beth Hoffman's website is www.bethhoffman.net
Oh, and item 3 that you didn't know about me. I did my first book reviews for VOYA: Voice of Youth Advocates Magazine, a library magazine for those serving young adults.