Thursday, May 30, 2013

Looking For Me

Looking For Me
Author: Beth Hoffman
Hardcover: 368 pages
Publisher: Pamela Dorman Books (Penguin)
(May 28, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0670025836
ISBN-13: 978-0670025831

Book Description:
Teddi Overman found her life’s passion for furniture in a broken-down chair left on the side of the road in rural Kentucky. She learns to turn other people’s castoffs into beautifully restored antiques, and eventually finds a way to open her own shop in Charleston. There, Teddi builds a life for herself as unexpected and quirky as the customers who visit her shop.  Though Teddi is surrounded by remarkable friends and finds love in the most surprising way, nothing can alleviate the haunting uncertainty she’s felt in the years since her brother Josh’s mysterious disappearance. When signs emerge that Josh might still be alive, Teddi is drawn home to Kentucky.  It’s a journey that could help her come to terms with her shattered family—and to find herself at last.  But first she must decide what to let go of and what to keep.

Idgie Says:
An interesting story about a young woman finding her way through life.  She grows up with a passion her mother thinks is pish-posh and useless but that her father secretly supports.  She "runs away" from home after school to pursue her passion.  Her mother holds a grudge about this for years.  Her brother turns from wildlife lover to bitter activist.....until one day he simply disappears.  No one knows if he got caught sabotaging poachers, fell down a cliff, or simply wandered away. 

Eventually Teddi finds romance, comes home to make peace with her mother, and perhaps gather additional clues about her brother and where he might be or what happened to him.

Nothing earth-shattering, nothing outstanding.  A gentle read about Teddi "Looking for herself" and coming to terms with what life is, what she wants out of it, and her way forward. 

For readers local to the Dew area, Beth will be at the Buckhead Barnes & Noble on June 18th!