The Book of Polly

The Book of Polly

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"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?"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Pamela Dorman Books/Viking, [2017]
ISBN: 9780399562099
Characteristics: 322 pages ; 24 cm


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JCLHeatherC Sep 29, 2019

This book made me laugh out loud several times. A very well written story of Polly who is bigger than life and her daughter Willow who just wants to know her. Secrets and all.

debwalker Mar 02, 2018

Costco’s influential book buyer, Pennie Clark Ianniciello, picks The Book of Polly by Kathy Hepinstall (Penguin), writing “I dare any reader not to be charmed by Polly. I cannot remember the last time a character so made me want to summon her into existence.”

CRRL_MegRaymond Jan 04, 2018

Willow was conceived the night her father died of a heart attack. By the time she is 10, she is terrified of outliving her now 68-year-old mother and being left alone.

Jun 28, 2017

This novel takes the reader on an emotional roller-coaster : tragi-comedy at its best !
The genuine naivete of the youngest characters clashes with the sarcastic wisdom of
the adults and the result is explosive ! A delightful summer read !


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