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The Book of Polly

(2017)
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"Delightful. . . funny and poignant." --People

With a kick like the best hot sauce, this is the laugh-out-loud story of a girl determined to keep up with her aging, crazy-as-a-fox mother

"If you ever pined for a mother who would take a hunting falcon as her wingman to a parent-teacher conference, Polly is the gal for you. Delicious." --Mark Childress, author of Crazy in Alabama


Willow Havens is ten years old and obsessed with the fear that her mother will die. Her mother, Polly, is a cantankerous, take-no-prisoners Southern woman who lives to chase varmints, drink margaritas, and antagonize the neighbors - and she sticks out like a sore thumb among the young modern mothers of their small conventional Texas town. She was in her late fifties when Willow was born, so Willow knows she's here by accident, a late-life afterthought. Willow's father died before she was born, her much older brother and sister are long grown and gone and failing elsewhere. It's just her and bigger-than-life Polly.

Willow is desperately hungry for clues to the family life that preceded her, and especially Polly's life pre-Willow. Why did she leave her hometown of Bethel, Louisiana, fifty years ago and vow never to return? Who is Garland Jones, her long-ago suitor who possibly killed a man? And will Polly be able to outrun the Bear, the illness that finally puts her on a collision course with her past?

The Book of Polly has a great blend of humor and sadness, pathos and hilarity. This is a bittersweet novel about the grip of love in a truly quirky family and you'll come to know one of the most unforgettable mother-daughter duos you've ever met.

Genre: General Fiction

Praise for this book

"The liveliest, loveliest literary mother-daughter combo since Terms of Endearment. . ." - Mary Kay Andrews

"This book is delicious as much fun as Where'd You Go, Bernadette? and purely Southern-fried, to boot." - Mark Childress

"I am wildly in love with The Book of Polly." - Joshilyn Jackson


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March 2017 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Book of Polly: A Novel
Author(s): Kathy Hepinstall
ISBN: 0-399-56209-5 / 978-0-399-56209-9 (USA edition)
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March 2017 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Book of Polly (Thorndike Press Large Print Core)
Author(s): Kathy Hepinstall
ISBN: 1-4104-9776-3 / 978-1-4104-9776-5 (USA edition)
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February 2018 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Book of Polly: A Novel
Author(s): Kathy Hepinstall
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Publisher: Penguin Books
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Title: The Book of Polly: A Novel
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Title: The Book of Polly: A Novel
Author(s): Kathy Hepinstall
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Title: The Book of Polly: A Novel
Author(s): Kathy Hepinstall
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