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Looking for Salvation at the Dairy Queen: A Novel (2008)

by Susan Gregg Gilmore

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All her life, Catherine Grace Cline has had just one ambition: to leave Ringgold, a small town in the Southern US, with just one gas station, a dollar store and a Dairy Queen, to leave the house of her father, whom she loves but whose strict ideas of morality (he is, after all, the town’s Baptist preacher) make it just a little bit too hard to breathe for some of those around him, and to set out into the big, wide exciting world in the shape of Atlanta, Georgia. And finally, the time has come to pack her prized set of matching suitcases and get onto the bus.

A coming-of-age story set in the deep South, full of quirky, original characters. A story about families and the ties that bind us, about love and forgiveness, and about figuring out just where it is you belong.
1 vote littlegreycloud | May 9, 2015 |
Nice book. It took a while to get to the action, but enjoyable
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  njcur | Feb 13, 2014 |
Glad I hung in there with this one, although at first I didn't think it was going anywhere. There was a problem with the dates in this book however. Short of spoiling the plot I'll just say the author got off track with her timeline. Despite that it turned out to be a pretty decent read. ( )
  Rainviolet | Jan 10, 2014 |
Catherine seems destined to be the feisty, stubborn, strong-willed female who will leave her small backwater town in Georgia for the big city of Atlanta but life changes and so does she. ( )
  lindap69 | Apr 5, 2013 |
Catherine Grace Cline is a teenaged Preacher's Kid in 1970's small-town Georgia. She focuses her efforts on getting out of town. The book follows her and her sister's lives as they grow up in the spotlight of being the PKs and struggle with the loss of their mother when they were quite young. After Catherine Grace achieves her aim and moves to Atlanta to start a career in retail, surprising events and revelations cause her to reexamine her life and assumptions. I was a little afraid this was going to be 'Christian fiction' and perhaps it is (I read a large-print edition from a different publisher)but it manages to portray a person of faith without being preachy or unrealistic. The writer has a good ear for dialogue and the Southern setting is always enjoyable to me. There's a lot of humor as well as pathos in the book. It was a nice quick read and a good break from private eyes, murder and mayhem! ( )
  auntieknickers | Apr 3, 2013 |
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My daddy always said that if the good Lord can take the time to care for something as small as a baby sparrow nesting in a tree, then surely He could take the time to listen to a little girl in Ringgold, Georgia.
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An engaging first novel, set in the South about the daughter of the local Baptist preacher who spends her Saturday afternoons at the Dairy Queen, dreaming of escaping her small town for Atlanta and the experiences that transform her perspective.

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In early 1970s Riggold, Georgia, Catherine Grace Cline, the daughter of the local Baptist preacher, dreams of escaping her small town for Atlanta, but after her dream becomes reality, a tragedy transforms her perspective.

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