Saving CeeCee Honeycutt by Beth Hoffman

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Part Steel Magnolias, part The Help, Saving CeeCee Honeycutt is the story of a 12 year old growing up in small town Ohio in the 60's with an almost always absent father and a mother who thinks she is still the 1951 Vidalia Onion Queen. CeeCee's traveling salesman father manages to stay on the road most of the time to avoid confrontations with CeeCee's smeared lipstick, prom dress, tiara wearing mother, Camille. CeeCee is left alone to deal with the difficulties and embarrassment of a crazy mother until the day Camille steps off the curb in front of a speeding Happy Cow Ice Cream truck and is killed. Her father shows no signs of wanting to raise his rightfully resentful daughter but luckily a heretofore unknown great-aunt arrives willing to take CeeCee with her to her home in Savannah.

CeeCee is not certain what to make of her eccentric Aunt Tootie who drives a vintage convertible and lives in a restored mansion, but she comes to realize that she now has an adult in her life willing to care for her. In fact she soon finds that she is surrounded by warm, wonderful, unusual women who take an interest in her well being. The most important of these women, is Oletta, Tootie's black housekeeper, who teaches CeeCee not only about the horrors of racism but also the joys of friendship, love and family. Saving CeeCee Honeycutt is another poignant and funny story about life in the south.

Submitted by Fran @BayView

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