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Red's Hot Honky-Tonk Bar by Pamela Morsi
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Sep 05, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: contemporary-romance, library-book, womens-fiction
Read in July, 2011

I liked this book a lot. It's set in San Antonio, which is kinda familiar and kinda not. My dad grew up there a very long time ago, but in what is now "the bad part of town." Anyway--Red is not your usual heroine. She owns and runs a honky-tonk along the San Antonio River, which is your usual Texas river, meaning that you have to look when you cross a bridge to see if there's water in it. Outside of downtown where it's dammed and tamed, it's not much of a river. And the honky-tonk fits right in. She has live music on the patio outside, and it's a little rowdy, but not too much...just like Red herself. She lives in a tiny apartment upstairs, dates one of the musicians who, as usual, is a decade or more younger than she is, and has her life set up just like she likes it. Then her daughter calls from Afghanistan (or somewhere) that she needs to go pick up her grandchildren, because their other grandmother (who's been keeping them) has had a stroke. And just like that, Red's tidy life falls apart--and keeps on falling. The kids call her "Abuela Mala"--Bad Grandma--her boyfriend won't leave, even when she gets mean, and her landlord sells out to developers who are gentrifying this section of the river. It's just an all round good book about how Red deals with all the upset, and with the lingering issues from her past. I really liked it.

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