The Honk and Holler Opening Soon

The Honk and Holler Opening Soon

Book - 2004
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Baker & Taylor
A wheelchair-bound Vietnam veteran finds his life changed when a young woman enters his roadside cafe

Blackwell North Amer
The neon sign had seemed appropriate when the Honk and Holler Opening Soon was being built. But twelve years later, the once-busy highway outside Sequoyah, Oklahoma, is little traveled, and "opening soon" is a tired joke. Today the sign is as battered and beaten as the cafe and its owner, Caney Paxton, a Vietnam War veteran who hasn't ventured outside since its opening.
The characters who drift in and out of the Honk don't change much: Molly O, a four-times married earth mother who recognizes a wounded spirit when she meets one; Life Halstead, a widower who eats three meals a day in the cafe so he can be near Molly O; Hooks Red Eagle, Soldier Starr, and Quinton Roach, Cherokee veterans of World War II; and Bilbo and Peg Porter - Bilbo steadily puffing his smokes while Peg struggles for breath through her oxygen mask.
With Christmas only days away, their lives are to be forever changed with the arrival of Vena Takes Horse, a Crow woman on a quest, and Bui Khanh, a Vietnamese refugee looking for home.

Baker
& Taylor

The author of the multi-award-winner, Where the Heart Is, tells the poignant, lyrical story of a wheelchair-bound Vietnam veteran whose life is changed when a young woman enters his roadside cafe+a7. 60,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Warner, 2004
ISBN: 9780446521581
9780446612883
044661288X
Branch Call Number: FICTION LETTS
Characteristics: 352 p. ; 21 cm

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DorisWaggoner
May 19, 2016

While also taking place in her first novel's setting of Sequoyah, OK, this one has a different set of quirky people. A few are stock characters, but by the end most have become friends, not just to each other, but to the reader. The same warmth and humanity pervade a story in which not much, and yet everything, happens. A lovely book that begs for a sequel, as it leaves some dangling ends.

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