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The Honk and Holler Opening Soon by Billie Letts
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Jun 09, 2009

it was amazing
Read in June, 2009

** spoiler alert ** Billie Letts has done it again. Taking a few unique characters she portrays real life emotions to common horrible situations. An unlikely group of friends, from Indians to a Vietnam war vet, Carney, in a wheelchair who is house bound yet runs a restaurant successfully and his friend/surrogate mother, Molly O, who is his only devoted waitress, and an emotionally scarred drifter who fixes hurt animals, Vena, yet who made some unwise choices for her own life; all of the characters have their own stories to tell. But this book ties the individual stories together in such a way that gives way to the overarching themes of finding love in the most unlikely places and families being created out of unlikely combinations. All together, it does not seem odd that when the jack of all trades for Honk and Holler Opending soon, a Vietnamese man learning English is injured in a heinous way, the whole little town pulls together as if he has always been one of their own. As usual in Letts stories, poverty and unexpected happiness go hand in hand, once again showing us that despite things seeming bad there is always a silver lining behind even the grayest clouds if only you believe it to be so!
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