So I went to my first ever book signing last week at the Hudson Library. I met up with two writer friends, and then met two other book bloggers. It was a GREAT night!
But first, the book:
Twelve-year-old CeeCee is a survivor. Alone too much, and with too much responsibility because of her psychotic mother, CeeCee is old beyond her years.
When her mother dies, her mostly absent father sends her south from Ohio to Savannah under the care of her never-before-seen Great Aunt Tootie.
The reader is introduced to a wide assortment of Southern women, each of whom plays a role in CeeCee's healing and coming to terms with her life.
Each character also helps paint a detailed picture of the dichotomy between the 'old South' with its decaying gentry, and the changing South, where black and white are more than servant/mistress and white gloves are being exchanged for jeans and flip-flops.
review by Liz Murphy from The Learned Owl book store.
I'm in the middle of the book now and really enjoying it!
Here's Beth Hoffman talking about her background in interior design and how she became a published author. CeeCee took her four years to perfect and it is her debut novel! She got an agent and publishing deal almost immediately--OH, the stuff dreams are made of!!!
Here's me with my new writer/blogger friends, Lisa and Laura from Lisa and Laura Write. Their book The Haunting of Pemberly Brown is being published in 2011, and they share the same agent as Beth Hoffman. So it was cool to hear them shoot the breeze about agents and the publishing world (no, I was not envious at all :D).
And here are the two new bloggers I met there: Stacy from Stacy's Books and Bonnie from Red Lady Reading Room.