The Book of Peach

The Book of Peach

by Penelope J. Stokes

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For fans of Fannie Flagg-the acclaimed author of Heartbreak Cafe delivers a heartwarming, hilarious new novel.

Twenty-three years ago, beauty queen Peach Rondell left Mississippi and vowed never to return. Now she's back, divorced and heartbroken, trying to figure out how her life went so terribly wrong. To escape her mama's scrutinizing gaze, she spends her days in a little storefront diner called the Heartbreak Cafe, where, in the back booth, she scribbles away in her journal, waiting for enlightenment. Instead, Peach gets something even better: the unexpected friendship of an unlikely group of folks who show Peach that finding out where you're going usually means embracing where you're from.

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ISBN-13: 9781101189238
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/03/2010
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 604,197
File size: 230 KB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Penelope J. Stokes was born in Mississippi and attended Mississippi University for Women. She holds a PhD in renaissance literature and taught both writing and literature at the college level. Stokes has published several works including The Amber Photograph, Delta Belles, and Heartbreak Café. She resides in North Carolina.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I felt this book a joy and comfort to me. The author I believe has such a wonderful way with words and how she strings her sentences together. Also, she leaves open to a individual readers mind the complete characters and how they would or should look. I continue to search for books like this on in the hops of finding a few gems. Stories about everyday people and their personal struggles and tragedies to me helps to envision the entire storyline. Thanks for your books and I wish you great health so you can produce more works like these.
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harstan More than 1 year ago
She grew up under the boring auspices of her mother and grandmother who insisted she be a "Southern Lady" at all times. Priscilla Bell Posner "Peach" Rondell envied the freedom of being ignored by the matriarchs that her brother Harry had and the ease of her much older sister Melanie seemed to adapt to being another iron maiden. The first chance she got to escape from Chulahatchie, Mississippi and their home Belladonna, Peach did. Now twenty-three years later, divorced from Robert after two plus decades of marriage, the former Miss Mississippi runner-up has come home following the advice of her white-hair shrink to confront her mommy demons. She uses a journal to write down her thoughts as escapism from her widow mom who has not changed one iota from her adherence to the Southern Lady rules of public behavior. She also begins an affair with soon to be divorced Charles Chase whom she met at the Piggily Wiggly fruit aisle. However, Peach finds the most solace at the Heartbreak Cafe, where she writes her musings and becomes a member of a motley crew who would be unacceptable to mom. The Book of Peach returns readers to the same setting as the Heartbreak Café (the latter's star Dell makes key appearances in this tale too) in a satirical often jocular regional family drama. The bittersweet humorist journal kept by Peach in her second Mississippi run enables the reader to understand her childhood and the exclusive membership requirements of being a Southern Lady, which the lead protagonist admits she failed at because of displaced compassion. Although at times the story line can slows down the pace of sipping mint juleps, Penelope J. Stokes provides insight into a regional subculture maintained subtly by Steel Magnolias. Harriet Klausner