Tupelo Honey

Tupelo Honey

by Lis Anna-Langston

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A loveable, engaging, original voice, Tupelo brightens this accomplished tale of dysfunction in a family where "nothing had ever been right."~ Publishers Weekly ~From the delicious title (the spunky 11-year-old narrator was named after Elvis' birthplace) to every last unconventional character and careful detail, Tupelo Honey is a delight.Set in rural Mississippi, with a cast of colorful southerners, it stars one pretty dysfunctional family at the center of which is Tupelo Honey. Author Lis Anna-Langston gets into the head of her title girl completely, taking readers on a ride of a sort of haunted but beautiful mess. To paraphrase Tolstoy, it's the unhappy families that are unique -- and by definition, often more interesting.Tupelo Honey does not have an easy life, on the surface. Her mother is a drug addict, and mental illness lingers in her grandmother Marmalade's house like a hot humid August cloud. Yet Anna-Langston still fills it with gems.It's certainly not a dull life, one full of heartbreaks big and small, but this tough sweet girl pulls it off with aplomb. It's a treat from start to end.Langston has written rich, vivid characters, and painted a vibrant mosaic of a year in one young southern girl's life. It's a hard book to put down, and one you won't want to end. I envy its future readers.~ Teresa DiFalco ©2016 Parents' Choice ~When you read more than a hundred books per year, it's exciting to find one that surprises you. "Tupelo Honey" by Lis Anna Langston is one of those, sneaking up quietly to bust expectations and leaves you thinking about the story long after closing the book.~ Chanticleer Book Reviews ~

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781535458504
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 08/08/2016
Pages: 270
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.61(d)

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Tupelo Honey 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Cigarista More than 1 year ago
Let me start by saying I loved this book. I don't normally read this type of book but I'm glad I did. The characters made it so. I won't summarize as others have already done so. I'm just hoping there is a sequel. I want to hear her story as she grows up. Tupelo Honey is an amazing young lady forced to grow up in bad surroundings and did so remarkably well. She's definitely a survivor.
JennaBrewster More than 1 year ago
4.5 stars I thought for the most part this book was great. I was completely pulled in from the opening pages, and enjoyed the personality of the different quirky characters (especially the book’s narrator and namesake, Tupelo Honey) and the author Lis Anna-Langston’s attention to detail on all fronts, from scenery to character traits. We feel transported not only into Tupelo Honey’s unique and interesting life, but her experiences and it is fascinating to watch the dynamic unfold with her and her Grandmother Marmalade, her mom, and the other characters, especially Nash. I thought that overall the book was well written even though there were some minor editing and punctuation mistakes here and there, it was no big deal (I’ve seen worse) and even though I did wonder on occasion where the story was going, especially in the beginning, it was interesting to see how it all tied together in the end, which I loved – it was bittersweet but wrapped up nicely. I would recommend this book to fans of literary/contemporary drama. It is billed as YA but is definitely on the ‘adult’ side so probably recommended only for mature teens on up.
GillianH More than 1 year ago
4.5 stars I admit I wasn’t sure what I was getting myself into in deciding to read this book, because admittedly I do tend to lean towards the paranormal/fantasy romance elements of literature because I enjoy the make-believe parts. But I was intrigued by the writing sample and the way that I felt an almost immediate connection to not only the characters (especially Tupelo Honey), but with the way that Lis Anna-Langston was writing them – such passion and authenticity… they almost demanded that I get to know them better, which I did. I found myself just wanting to read more… and more… and more… and I couldn’t believe it when I realized I was totally hooked, and I felt transported to another world just by experiencing the lives of these incredible characters who are so true to life and authentic, yet unlike any I’ve met before. Dark, twisted, and with secrets that come back to haunt, this story could have been another cliché YA drama, but it was far from it because Lis Anna-Langston made the characters unique and it never felt contrived, despite the hardships and emotional turmoil that ensued throughout. I was happy with the ending, and I’m Really glad I took a chance on this one. Recommended for ages 16 and up due to some mature themes and content.
ClaireBear74 More than 1 year ago
just a heads up…when starting “Tupelo Honey” by Lis Anna-Langston, make sure you don’t have anywhere you need to be or anything you need to do because you won’t want to stop reading until you’ve finished it all!! Trust me on this! The book starts off with a very intriguing beginning setting the stage and tone for the book and how Tupelo Honey’s (and the others) story is going to be different than perhaps what we are used to reading about…and just keeps going from there. The characters and storylines are so well-developed and fully fleshed out you feel like you know them personally, and I think what I liked the most about this book was just the overall feel the author managed to create where it felt intimate, like a close friend was telling me this really crazy story that I didn’t want to stop listening to. The writing is very descriptive and you can picture everything perfectly. There are some surprising twists and some parts that really catch you off guard – some shocking and some sad… but that just made this book even more addicting. Love the whole 70’s Southern vibe and I think the author captured the era and the character’s wild experiences perfectly. Recommend.
KMatthews More than 1 year ago
"Tupelo Honey” by Lis Anna-Langston is an engaging book that captured my attention from the beginning, pulled me in, and never once let go. Each scene was imaginative and flowed smoothly from one to the next… never a “dull part” where you get bored or want to skip ahead… in fact almost the opposite with the various interweaving plotlines and going from one character and crazy event to the next. The descriptions were very strong, and I mean with the author’s word choice… vivid and powerful with a nice literary slant. And while I do think at times some of the dialogue and conversations weren’t really necessary—more chit-chat that did little to advance the plot or the tension— it was authentic and real. The book is written in first-person from the protagonist Tupelo Honey’s POV, and I felt like I was genuinely inside her head experiencing the world through her eyes, for better or worse. She has her own demons to overcome, and some actually appear in her life to make things worse… I thought the ending seemed a little abrupt, but I liked the epilogue. I would read more from Lis Anna-Langston in the future as she has a natural gift for creating a well-thought out story and bringing memorable characters to life in an unpredictable and authentic way.
Darla_Ortiz More than 1 year ago
I really liked this novel, “Tupelo Honey” by Lis Anna-Langston. I thought it was excellently written with fluid narrative prose. There were some proofing things, but nothing too terrible. I did like the plot, however, although after the first chapter I wasn’t really sure if I really wanted to continue. There wasn’t much of a ‘hook’ or clear conflict- it just starts off with a bunch of ‘telling backstory’ which is very hard to get into, but I am glad I stuck with it as it really did get better as it went along. It is not a quick read, nor should it be. There are too many important events and experiences here to gloss over so the author takes her time in carefully developing the various storylines so that we the readers are thoroughly invested the whole way through. I liked Lis Anna-Langston’s writing style very much, and found myself completely lost in this world she recanted night after night. Was almost disappointed when I was done, but the ending gave the emotional satisfaction I look for in a great book, which is rare for me these days. Well done. Recommend to fans of gritty, edgy literary YA or anyone who just enjoys an entertaining, well-written story with lots of real-life drama and you actually feel like you are a part of the action unfold.
indiebrag More than 1 year ago
We are proud to announce that TUPELO HONEY by Lis Anna-Langston is a B.R.A.G.Medallion Honoree. This tells a reader that this book is well worth their time and money!