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The Honk and Holler Opening Soon
by Billie Letts

Warner Books

1998, pp. 320
trade paperback
ISBN 0446675059

“The day the sign had been delivered and installed, Caney turned twenty, still young enough to laugh about mistakes.”

Injured Vietnam War veteran Caney Paxton believes life has passed him by, but things are about to change in the fictional town of Sequoyah, Oklahoma. A struggling Vietnamese refugee and a Crow woman with a secret are about to join Caney and his friends at the Honk and Holler diner. Their lives will never be the same.

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"Lett's writing shines."
San Francisco Examiner

"Filled with humor and fascinating twists and turns. . . you'll be thinking about these people long after you've finished the last page."
Chicago Tribune

"Serves up laughs and tears while reminding the reader that it is never too late to find what you always wanted."
San Antonio Express News

"A touching story of people who discover the true meaning of home in the most unlikely of places."
Good Housekeeping

"A sweet and comic novel. . . 'Honk' if you love romance."
Sunday New York Post

"A warm, sentimental tale, abundant with quirky detail and homespun wisdom, which emphasizes not only the power of romantic love but the healing powers of community as well."
Publishers Weekly

"Entertaining. . . The upbeat thread that runs throughout the story is the power and redemption of love. . . A carefully woven plot and strong characterizations give it literary substance."
Sunday Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)

"A sunny look at the dark side."
Kirkus Reviews

"Winsome and funny."

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About the Author

Billie Letts is the author of numerous short stories. Her first novel, Where the Heart Is, won the Walker Percy Award and the Oklahoma Book Award. The Honk and Holler Opening Soon also received an Oklahoma Book Award. She lives in Oklahoma with her husband, Dennis.

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