The Middle of Somewhere

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Eadie T. Pratt sets out on a road trip in search of a new life and ends up in the middle of somewhere she never expected.

Start with one independent, urban lesbian who cashes out her life in San Francisco for a secondhand travel trailer and sets off to the Michigan Womyn’s Music Festival in search of a new life. Add to this a broken-down ’66 T-bird, a bunch of small-town Texas Baptists, a ton of fried food, and a church scandal. Pepper with a ...
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Overview

Eadie T. Pratt sets out on a road trip in search of a new life and ends up in the middle of somewhere she never expected.

Start with one independent, urban lesbian who cashes out her life in San Francisco for a secondhand travel trailer and sets off to the Michigan Womyn’s Music Festival in search of a new life. Add to this a broken-down ’66 T-bird, a bunch of small-town Texas Baptists, a ton of fried food, and a church scandal. Pepper with a hot love interest and a dash of greed, and what you get is Eadie T. Pratt’s road trip gone awry.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781602820470
  • Publisher: Bold Strokes Books
  • Publication date: 1/5/2009
  • Pages: 241
  • Sales rank: 1,550,901
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Clifford Henderson is the author of two novels, including Foreword Magazine’s Gold Medal Book of the Year, and Lesbian Fiction Readers Choice Winner, The Middle of Somewhere. She lives and plays in Santa Cruz, California where she runs The Fun Institute, a school of improv and solo performance, with her partner of nineteen years. In their classes and workshops, people learn to access and express the myriad of characters itching to get out. Her other passions include gardening and twisting herself into weird yoga poses. Her third novel, Maye’s Request, will be in bookstores January 2011.

The audiobook of The Middle of Somewhere, which she narrates, is available through Dog Ear Audio.
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  • Posted July 31, 2010

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    The main character is irritating

    Eadie Pratt is running from a broken relationship in San Francisco and is headed for the Womyn's Music Festival in Michigan to forget her problems. Unfortunately, she's driving a junk car that is hauling a junk trailer and she breaks down in Rauston, Texas. Rauston is one of those small towns that the major highways have bypassed, peopled mostly by folks who know everything about each other and are willing to forgive most of their eccentricities. While she tries to work off the money to pay for her car repairs, Eadie is taken in by two sisters, nicknamed
    Piggin and Heifer, who treat her like a member of the family. She befriends an odd assortment of friends, including a mentally deficient boy, a teenage boy with an abusive father, and Cadence, a computer whiz who is in town searching for her birth mother. As Eadie and Cadence become more involved with each other, they also uncover a scandal that could rock the whole town. Eadie never planned to become attached to these people and their lives, but she feels an obligation to try and save them.

    Clifford Henderson has created a story full of quirky, interesting characters from the sisters to the Baptist minister to darker characters in the book. She captures the atmosphere of a small Southern town and the life that tends to occur in one extremely well. They make the book fun to read and the different plot points blend together to create a believable story. The major flaw unfortunately is Eadie. Her negative attitude when she first encounters the town is understandable based on what has just happened in her life. The fact that she starts off making snide, dismissive comments about the town and its people leads the reader to the impression that her behavior will change as she comes to understand what they are truly like. That isn't what happens however. Perhaps Henderson intended to create a character that didn't grow. The people, especially the sisters, go to tremendous effort to help Eadie any way that they can, but no matter how nice they are to her she continues to denigrate them all. Though she eventually comes to think better of the sisters, she maintains her immature attitude and her behavior is so irritating that it distracts from the story.

    The Middle of Somewhere is actually a fairly strong story. If the reader isn't bothered by Eadie's behavior, then the book should provide several hours of entertaining reading.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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