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The Book of Polly: A Novel
by Kathy Hepinstall

Published: 2017-03-14
Hardcover : 336 pages
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“Delightful. . . funny and poignant.” --People

With a kick like the best hot sauce, this is the laugh-out-loud story of a girl determined to keep up with her aging, crazy-as-a-fox mother

"If you ever pined for a mother who would take a hunting falcon as her wingman to a parent-teacher ...
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“Delightful. . . funny and poignant.” --People

With a kick like the best hot sauce, this is the laugh-out-loud story of a girl determined to keep up with her aging, crazy-as-a-fox mother

"If you ever pined for a mother who would take a hunting falcon as her wingman to a parent-teacher conference, Polly is the gal for you. Delicious." --Mark Childress, author of Crazy in Alabama 

Willow Havens is ten years old and obsessed with the fear that her mother will die. Her mother, Polly, is a cantankerous, take-no-prisoners Southern woman who lives to chase varmints, drink margaritas, and antagonize the neighbors—and she sticks out like a sore thumb among the young modern mothers of their small conventional Texas town. She was in her late fifties when Willow was born, so Willow knows she’s here by accident, a late-life afterthought. Willow’s father died before she was born, her much older brother and sister are long grown and gone and failing elsewhere. It’s just her and bigger-than-life Polly. 

Willow is desperately hungry for clues to the family life that preceded her, and especially Polly’s life pre-Willow. Why did she leave her hometown of Bethel, Louisiana, fifty years ago and vow never to return? Who is Garland Jones, her long-ago suitor who possibly killed a man? And will Polly be able to outrun the Bear, the illness that finally puts her on a collision course with her past?

The Book of Polly has a great blend of humor and sadness, pathos and hilarity. This is a bittersweet novel about the grip of love in a truly quirky family and you’ll come to know one of the most unforgettable mother-daughter duos you’ve ever met.

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We were lucky enough t have the author call in when we met to discuss the book! That made it so much fun! Contact her...maybe she will call in for your meeting too!
by jbrownfield (see profile) 06/30/17

So many great characters in this book - which one was your favorite?
How did you feel about the analogy provided by "the Bear?"
What do you think happened after the last page of the book?
by marycg3 (see profile) 06/30/17

Who would you imagine to star in this movie?
Why do you think it was so important to Willow to know her family history?
by Homewithatwist (see profile) 06/14/17

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Margaritas - Polly's drink of choice
by jbrownfield (see profile) 06/30/17

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by pslozak (see profile) 11/01/18

 
by [email protected] (see profile) 09/22/18

This book was a bittersweet story that kept you guessing. I loved how she developed Polly and Willows (mother-daughter) characters as well as their relationship. I little drama, a little m... (read more)

 
by [email protected] (see profile) 04/23/18

- The audio book was even better because of the accents
- easy to get into, grabbed you from the start
- some really funny lines

 
  "Lots of discussion"by hhrogue (see profile) 12/20/17

Our book club discussed this book for over an hour. Some found it sad, some found it funny, and some just thought it was a great book. Open it, meet Polly & Willow and enjoy their lives!

 
by hernanka (see profile) 08/10/17

 
  "The Book of Polly "by [email protected] (see profile) 07/01/17

Beautifully written, funny and touching story of a young girl and her much older, bigger-than-life mother. The author has written a creative and insightful book about two people who seem very different... (read more)

 
  "We need MORE Polly!"by jbrownfield (see profile) 06/30/17

Funny story of relationship of older Mom and youngest child. Very engaging. The writer has you interested in what is going to happen next and tense at the end...what will happen?!?! Great and easy read... (read more)

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