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The Queen of Sleepy Eye by Patti Hill
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Apr 13, 2009

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Another book having to do with funeral homes. I had no idea about this one being so.

The beginning of the book is found hard to follow but once you get the hang of it, it becomes somewhat easier to adjust to the different time periods.

Amy's mother is very self-centered and uses people to her advantage. Especially Amy which she can do with ease since Amy is her obedient daughter. Amy and her mother are driving to California so that Amy can attend college there. Her mom plans on moving out there with her. On the way, the car breaks down and what was suppose to be a temporary stay until the vehicle was repaired, ends up being a much longer stay. Very early on in Cordial, Colorado her mother finds them a home to live in, in exchange for keeping it tidy. She, however, fails to mention that the home is a funeral home. Part of the live-in deal is to be there for viewings (of the deceased), which Amy's mother easily finagles her way out of by pawning off the job to Amy as well as seeing to it that Amy is there at the times when the owner is away -- another rule of the owner -- that someone is always there when she is away.

Although there are many quirky characters, they are all too real. From the pew hen who makes excuses for being at the liquor store to the many hippies who smoke weed, they are all generously brought to life. You have to love Leoti who tells Amy that she has to keep her girlish figure while Amy is thinking "Hmph, Her breasts overlap her belt. Did she just say 'girlish shape?'

One person desperately wants to fit in with the populars. A mother is frantic over her daughter's ill health. There's a senseless death and deaths of the elderly.

I would perhaps have given this a 2 1/2 stars if that were possible.

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Reading Progress

April 13, 2009 – Shelved
June 22, 2009 –
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June 23, 2009 –
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Started Reading
June 25, 2009 – Finished Reading

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