If you like Billie Letts' work (Where the Heart Is; The Honk and Holler Opening Soon) you'll like this. I really enjoyed the juxtaposition of the two main characters - one at the end of her life and one just figuring out her beginning.
Ruth thinks that she has found her ticket out of Tennessee by eloping with a stero salesman, but soon he "gets religion" and Ruth leaves. When she faints in a North Carolina fiveand dime, Rose a feisty elderly reporter, rescues her, beginning a friendship stonger than family ties. THis is a story of friendship with humor and empathy. You will love it.