Caney Paxgon wanted his cafe to have the biggest and brightest sign in Eastern Oklahoma--the "opening soon" part was supposed to be just a removable, painted notice. But a fateful misunderstanding gave the wheel chair bound, Vietnam vet, Caney the flashiest joke in the entire state.
Twelve years later, the once-busy highway is dead, the joke is old, and the sign is as worn a Caney, who hasn't ventured outside the diner since it opened. The regulars at the Honk, still gabbing and crabbing over hot java and eggs easy, haven't changed much either.
Then one day a thirtyish Crow woman blows in with a half-dead three-legged dog in her arms and a long-buried secret on her mind. Hiring her as a carhop, the first in many years, Vera Takes Horse is soon shaking up business, the locals, and Caney's heart...as she teaches them all about generosity of spirit, love and the possibility of promise---just like the sign says.
"It serves up laughs and tears while reminding the reader that it is never too late to find what you always wanted."
---San Antonio Express News
A very good book, with memorable characters that you come to care about. I had the definite feeling that I knew these people, because each one reminded me closely of someone from my past or present. Highly recommended!
A great read! when I got to the end, I hoped for a sequel. Thoroughly entertaining! A collection of intracate lives exposed in all of their vulnerability!
Filled with humor and fascinating twists and turns. You will remember thes characters long after you have finished the last page.
I really enjoyed this book. The Honk and Holler Opening Soon is a little cafe owned by Caney, a Nam vet who fell out of a helicopter and broke his back. He is now in a wheelchair. Molly O is his waitress who also raised him when he was a child. A woman named Vena shows up one day to ask for a job. Before long, Caney and Vena fall in love. Molly O is destined to fall in love too. Molly O's daughter Brenda is 17 and has run away to make it big as a country singer. She comes backs now and then to reek havoc on her mother's life. Bui is a Vietnamese man who can hardly speak any English that is good at fixing things. He gets a job at the Honk, but all he does is burn toast. I really like the way Ms. Letts entwines all of her characters' lives and how everything works out for the better at the end of the book. If you liked her first book, you will definitely like this one.