This candid, compelling, compassionate novel could have been torn out of today’s newspaper headings.
One minute Texan Jimmy Heron is sitting next to his beloved wife of 50 years eating pie, the next minute she is dead in his arms; killed by a racist, woman-hating, semiautomatic gun-toting maniac. Shattered by Lou’s senseless death, Jimmy Heron hits the road - can’t stay put; can hardly breathe. He roams the western landscape looking for solace until he lands in the tiny pioneer town of Reliance, Oregon. Here he settles, figuring it is as good a place as any to wait until he dies.
His new neighbors, however, delicately jump into his life. A lesbian couple eagerly awaiting the birth of their first child, their Native American ranch hand, a big-hearted dog, and a small band of generous people together gently encourage Jimmy to deal with loss and death and kindness, perseverance and love. Jimmy Heron starts to heal.
That’s when his new friends become the targets of a vicious campaign. Fueled by lies and bigotry couched as “family values”, the hatred begins to poison the soul of their little community. Each character caught in the conflagration must decide what they believe and why they believe it. In this explosive environment a community is forged and a town remembers how it got its name.
The Second Coming of Curly Red will grab you by the heart and not let go.
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About the Author
She’s originally from Dallas, Texas and is the granddaughter of a cattle rancher. Her writing is a combination of tender, funny, and common sense. It reflects the humor and wisdom of fellow Texan, Molly Ivins, shaken together with the type of tales and yarns spun by American populist, Will Rogers. Jody Seay has always believed in the power of stories to change our world.
Jody says, “I do see myself as grounded, intelligent, funny, outspoken, and liberal. My writing reflects those characteristics along with a touch of tenderness, which I think touches people’s hearts. If I can write a story that makes people laugh and cry, then that makes me a happy girl. Indeed, if I can write a story that breaks my own heart and I still feel good at the end of it, I know I’ve put another one over the center field wall.”
Jody now lives in Oregon with her partner, their snuggly dog and a mean cat.
Jody’s Website and Blog can be found at:
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I spent the entire day reading and just now finished. I truly could not put it down. As I turned each page, I felt a nervous apprehension to know what was going to happen next. I wasn't simply reading words on a page I felt every single one of them in my soul. As I read the last words on the final page, a tear made its way down my cheek, just as with Jimmy. The only other book I can recall having stirred emotions of this nature is The Front Runner by Patricia Nell Warren.
Did you ever see a beautiful picture of some place that takes your breath away and you know instantly that you want to visit or maybe even live there? Well after reading Jody Seay’s novel “The Second Coming of Curly Red”, I knew I wanted to move to Reliance, Oregon. I wanted to meet and become friends with these amazing people who live their lives just like ordinary people all over the world, EXCEPT, they are welcoming, non-judgmental, accepting, and loving and it’s hard to find all those things anywhere in the world today. Ms. Seay has an extraordinary gift with words, and these words pull on our senses and emotions, so that you feel a part of the picture she is creating. She can string her words together and you can almost smell the pies Jimmy and Lou are baking. You can even feel a little embarrassed to be witnessing the “love” apparent with these 2 sweethearts, who just happen to be what’s considered a little “over the hill”. I wanted to spend Thanksgiving and Christmas with Cory and Leigh, and hope the baby comes early, so I can be there to witness the new life beginning, knowing 2 people couldn’t be better parents, because they are 2 of kindest, gentlest people on earth. There are some characters of this town that I won’t mention, but you’ll get emotional about them too, “furious” was my emotion, but I’ve got a “bit” of a temper, you’ll recognize who I’m talking about . Others will remind you of someone you know, others will be someone you want to know. The children of Reliance , especially little Jenny will help you remember to be more like children in your relationships. Be willing to believe, imagine, love and accept the world we live in, and Jody helps us remember this. Five stars, thumbs up, A+…..