Sweet Jiminy

Sweet Jiminy

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by Kristin Gore
     
 

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In the throes of a quarter-life crisis, Jiminy Davis abruptly quits law school and flees Chicago for her grandmother Willa's farm in rural Mississippi. In search of peace and quiet, Jiminy instead stumbles upon more trouble and turmoil than she could have imagined.

She is shocked to discover that there was once another Jiminy—the daughter of her

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Overview

In the throes of a quarter-life crisis, Jiminy Davis abruptly quits law school and flees Chicago for her grandmother Willa's farm in rural Mississippi. In search of peace and quiet, Jiminy instead stumbles upon more trouble and turmoil than she could have imagined.

She is shocked to discover that there was once another Jiminy—the daughter of her grandmother's longtime housekeeper, Lyn—who was murdered along with Lyn's husband four decades earlier in a civil rights-era hate crime. With the help of Lyn's nephew, Bo, Jiminy sets out to solve the cold case, to the dismay of those who would prefer to let sleeping dogs lie.

Beautifully written, and with a sure grip on the tensions and social mores of small towns in the South, Sweet Jiminy will captivate its readers, and fans of Kristin Gore's earlier novels will be intrigued and compelled by this new direction for her fiction.

Praise for Kristin Gore and Her Previous Titles"

A beltway Bridget Jones." -Elle"

Refreshing and charming." -USA Today"

Juicy." -Women's Health"

A lighthearted, fun read." -Entertainment Weekly"

Funny . . . illuminating and even inspiring." -Publishers Weekly"

Gore has a sardonic sense of write-what-you-know dictum." -The Los Angeles Times"

Sweet, smart, sexy." -The Washington Post Book World"

Smart yet vulnerable . . . a modern-day Mary Tyler Moore." -The Chicago Sun Times"

A hilarious and suspenseful romp." -Bookpage "

A delightful read." -The New York Post"

Sly plot twists and big laughs, and every word rings true." -Matt Groening, creator of The Simpsons

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Gore's watered-down foray into The Help territory features a Southern-born law student whose attempts to solve a decades-old hate crime stir up predictable outrage. After a bike accident, Jiminy Davis takes a leave of absence from law school to head home to Fayeville, Miss., home of her beloved grandmother, Willa. Distraction presents itself in the form of Bo, the med school–bound nephew of Willa's housekeeper, Lyn, until Jiminy stumbles on a long-buried tragedy: her namesake, Lyn's daughter, was killed along with her father in a suspicious accident that was never investigated by the local police. Over her grandmother's objections, Jiminy digs into Fayeville history and, with the help of a scruffy out-of-town lawyer, confronts an ugly truth. Though it contains most of the elements of a legal thriller, Gore's latest (after Sammy's House) lacks the suspense needed to bind the story, while Jiminy's naïveté supplies a weak motivator for dragging out a fairly straightforward mystery. (May)
Entertainment Weekly
"A lighthearted, fun read."
The New York Post

"A delightful read."

Women's Health

"Juicy."

The Los Angeles Times

"Gore has a sardonic sense of write-what-you-know dictum."

From the Publisher
"Worth reading for its original story line and pithy dialogue." —Kirkus

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781401322892
Publisher:
Hachette Books
Publication date:
04/19/2011
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
5.54(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.84(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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Matt Groening

"Sly plot twists and big laughs, and every word rings true." --(Matt Groening, creator of The Simpsons)

From the Publisher
"Worth reading for its original story line and pithy dialogue." —-Kirkus

Meet the Author

Kristin Gore is the author of two previous novels, the New York Times bestseller Sammy's Hill and Sammy's House. She has also written for several television shows, including Futurama and Saturday Night Live, for which she received an Emmy nomination and a Writer's Guild Award. She has several screenplay projects in development. She lives in New York City.

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