Eating Through the Earthby Karen Hutchins Pirnot
Stelby Skinkman is a 60 year old widow who has never sewn her wild oats. Following a one night stand, the rural Nebraska woman returns to her small town with a vow to form a group of woman dedicated to finding more in life. When a baby's skeleton is found in Stelby's basement, the women of the group are forced into change which will either break them or move them forward.
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Reviewed by Bernadette Ventrillos for Readers' Favorite “Eating through the Earth” by Karen Pirnot is a book for all women. She has taken the attributes of several of her precious friends and combined them to create some of the most memorable characters you will ever meet. Every reader will catch a glimpse of their self somewhere in these characters. Stelby’s life had revolved around her husband and children; after he passed away life went on in much the same fashion until one of her daughters gave her a gift certificate to a spa. That was a life changing day. Stelby returned home with a renewed spirit; after all those years she had discovered her niche. She and several other women turn her basement into a meeting place. They discovered there was little they could not do, from finishing dry wall to patching concrete. They found something that had been hidden in the basement; it was never meant to be found. The women bloomed as their friendship strengthened. “Eating through the Earth” by Dr. Karen Pirnot will touch the hearts of many. This is a book on the importance of knowing your own self-worth; it is a book about friendship. Stelby was my favorite character; she was awakened by a trip to the spa, such a simple event and yet an important one. Once Stelby got something in her mind, there was no stopping her. No project was too big. Cheryl wanted someone to love her and someone to love. Clarice felt guilt and went through life trying to be perfect. The other characters too have equally important attributes. When they worked together they were unstoppable.
This is one of those books that you loan out to a friend and then you want it back to read again yourself. The lead character Stelby is someone we all know; she's 60 and widowed and bored. She thinks there must surely be more to life than what she has experienced. When she dares to try a massage, a new hairdo and a new dress, she meets a man who connects with her and Stelby undergoes a life-changing night. When she returns to her own small community, she decides to bring a diverse group of women together. At first, there is no purpose. But when the skeleton of a newborn baby is found in Stelby's basement, the women disclose their innermost secrets in rapid fire order. This moves them toward exploring their own secret desires and their lives are never again the same. I loved the characters in this book and I really hope Dr. Pirnot writes more about them in a sequel. Eating through the earth is a story of love and connections. It is a story about loyalties and cheering for the success of others without sacrificing your own needs. It is a book for women of any age and men will like it as well.