Sunday, May 19, 2013

What is Beth Hoffman reading?

The current featured contributor at Writers Read: Beth Hoffman, author of Saving CeeCee Honeycutt and Looking for Me.

Her entry begins:
When I love a book I’ll often read it more than once, and right now I’m immersed in my second reading of Truman Capote’s The Grass Harp. Every page offers countless reasons to reflect on the art of superb writing. I say superb because Capote’s genius shines in his ability to observe the ordinary through an extraordinary lens. I believe this sentence pretty much sums it up: “The nearest winter came was to frost the windows with its zero blue breath.”

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About the book, from the publisher:
A Southern novel of family and antiques from the bestselling author of the beloved Saving CeeCee Honeycutt

Beth Hoffman’s bestselling debut, Saving CeeCee Honeycutt, won admirers and acclaim with its heartwarming story and cast of unforgettable characters. Now her unique flair for evocative settings and richly drawn Southern personalities shines in her compelling new novel, Looking for Me.

Teddi Overman found her life’s passion for furniture in a broken-down chair left on the side of the road in rural Kentucky. She learns to turn other people’s castoffs into beautifully restored antiques, and eventually finds a way to open her own shop in Charleston. There, Teddi builds a life for herself as unexpected and quirky as the customers who visit her shop. Though Teddi is surrounded by remarkable friends and finds love in the most surprising way, nothing can alleviate the haunting uncertainty she’s felt in the years since her brother Josh’s mysterious disappearance. When signs emerge that Josh might still be alive, Teddi is drawn home to Kentucky. It’s a journey that could help her come to terms with her shattered family—and to find herself at last. But first she must decide what to let go of and what to keep.

Looking for Me brilliantly melds together themes of family, hope, loss, and a mature once-in-a-lifetime kind of love. The result is a tremendously moving story that is destined to make bestselling author Beth Hoffman a novelist to whom readers will return again and again as they have with Adriana Trigiani, Fannie Flagg, and Joshilyn Jackson.
Learn more about the book and author at Beth Hoffman's website and blog.

Writers Read: Beth Hoffman.

--Marshal Zeringue