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The Honk and Holler Opening Soon (1998)

by Billie Letts

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Sometimes I just want an ensemble of quirky characters - this looks like that....
  Cheryl_in_CC_NV | Jun 5, 2016 |
Letts has a gift for dialogue. You can "hear" the voices of her characters: small-town whites, Vietnamese immigrants, elder Native Americans, preachers, diner cooks, car hops, etc. ( )
  BookConcierge | Feb 26, 2016 |
The Honk and Holler Opening Soon is a small diner in Oklahoma owned and run by a paralyzed Vietnam vet in the early 1980's. This book is the stories of the people who work and eat at the café and how they interact and make their lives better with each other. Someone noted that this is not a feel good book overall. I found it was more true to life that way. Not everyone has a happy ending but we can find joy in the joy of others an those around us as well. ( )
  ChrisWeir | Jan 1, 2016 |
Another wholesome down-home novel by Billie Letts. After reading Where the Heart Is, I started looking to read everything else she wrote. The Honk and Holler Opening Soon shows off Letts' specialty; quirky, loveable characters. They are all broken in some way, but manage to keep going. The story slows down and plods along in a few places, but never enough that I wanted to stop reading. The book teaches about perseverance and that there are blue skies after the rain. ( )
  NCRainstorm | Mar 28, 2014 |
This book was pretty good. ( )
  samanthaclanton.7013 | Jan 15, 2014 |
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The neon sign had seemed appropriate when the Honk and Holler Opening Soon was being built. But twelve years later, the once-busy highway outside Sequoyah, Oklahoma, is little-traveled, and "opening soon" is a tired joke. Today the sign is as battered and beaten as the cafe and its owner, Caney Paxton, a Vietnam War veteran who hasn't ventured outside since its opening.

The characters who drift in and out of the Honk don't change much: Molly O, a four-times married earth mother who recognizes a wounded spirit when she meets one; Life Halstead, a widower who eats three meals a day in the cafe so he can be near Molly O; Hooks Red Eagle, Soldier Starr, and Quinton Roach, Cherokee veterans of World War II; and Bilbo and Peg Porter--Bilbo steadily puffing his smokes while Peg struggles for breath through her oxygen mask.

With Christmas only days away, their lives are to be forever changed with the arrival of Vena Takes Horse, a Crow woman on a quest, and Bui Khanh, a Vietnamese refugee looking for home.

A story that crackles and sizzles like burgers on a red-hot grill, The Honk and Holler Opening Soon captures a small town's prejudice and tolerance, violence and big-heartedness. It convinces us that dark clouds can really have silver linings. And it leaves us hungry for more writing from Billie Letts and the Oklahoma she portrays with so much vitality and love.
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Caney Paxton 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 Vietnam vet Caney the flashiest joke in the entire state. Twelve years later, the once-busy highway is dead and the sign is as worn as Caney, who hasn't ventured outside the diner since it opened. Then one blustery December day, a thirtyish Crow woman blows in with a three-legged dog in her arms and a long-buried secret on her mind. Hiring on as a carhop, Vena 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.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:17:54 -0400)

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In Oklahoma, a depressed Vietnam veteran in a wheelchair gets a new lease on life, thanks to an Indian woman he hires for his roadside cafe. A look at the power of love.

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