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

by Susan Gregg Gilmore

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1970's...coming of age...women's contemporary southern fiction...fast paced...vivid characters.

This is a debut novel, reminiscent of Fannie Flagg's style...lively, entertaining.

After graduation, Catherine Grace immediately packs her bags, leaving her family, the boy she loves and town of Ringgold, Georgia.
She's off to Atlanta to claim the life she’s always imagined.

We share her"journey of self discovery, love, dreams and forgiveness."

The lesson:
"Sometimes you have to return to the place where you began, to arrive at the place where you belong." ( )
  pennsylady | Jan 31, 2016 |
Catherine Grace is dying to get out of her small town, so she makes sure that happens when she turns 18, despite everything she's leaving behind. A feel-good Southern novel with a focus on family and dreams. A sweet, easy read that will leave you with a smile on your face. ( )
  howifeelaboutbooks | Nov 4, 2015 |
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 |
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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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